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27-12-2008, 08:50:02

Managing Last.FM's "Mountain of Data"

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Managing Last.FM's "Mountain of Data"Rob Spengler writes "Last.FM co-founder Richard Jones says the biggest asset the company owns is 'hundreds of terabytes of user data.' Jones adds, '... playing with that data is one of the most fun things about working at the company.' Last.F...
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27-12-2008, 04:50:02

Google, Apple, Microsoft Sued Over File Preview

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Google, Apple, Microsoft Sued Over File PreviewClaraBow writes with this excerpt from MacWorld: "A small Indiana company has sued tech heavyweights Microsoft, Apple, and Google, claiming that it holds the patent on a common file preview feature used by browsers and operating sys...
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27-12-2008, 02:50:02

Can the Auto Industry Retool Itself To Build Rails?

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Can the Auto Industry Retool Itself To Build Rails?knapper_tech writes "The scope of the auto industry troubles continues to increase in magnitude. The call to retool and develop new vehicles has been made several times already, but with all of the challenges from labor prices a...
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27-12-2008, 00:50:03

Valuable Objects Stimulate Brain More Than Junk

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Valuable Objects Stimulate Brain More Than JunkRoland Piquepaille writes "According to researchers at the University of California at San Diego, visual areas of our brain respond more to valuable objects than other ones. In other words, our brain has stronger reactions when we s...
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26-12-2008, 22:50:04

Vietnam Imposes New Blogging Restrictions

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Vietnam Imposes New Blogging RestrictionsGMAW is one of many to mention that the Vietnam government has approved a new set of regulations aimed at bloggers. The new restrictions ban bloggers from discussing certain subjects that the government deems sensitive or inappropriate. N...
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26-12-2008, 20:50:02

30 Years of Star Wars Technology

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30 Years of Star Wars TechnologyAn anonymous reader writes "Earlier this month, Computerworld Australia checked out the exhibition of 30 years of Star Wars history at Sydney's Powerhouse museum. They also have a pictorial look at what's on display: one of the largest collections...
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26-12-2008, 18:50:06

RIM Accuses Motorola of Blocking Job Offers

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RIM Accuses Motorola of Blocking Job Offerstheodp writes "Taking a page from the insanely-jealous-husband-playbook, Motorola management has adopted an if-I-can't-have-you-nobody-can stance on its fired employees, reportedly blocking RIM from offering jobs to laid-off workers. In...
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26-12-2008, 16:50:09

Print News Fading, Still Source of Much News

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Print News Fading, Still Source of Much NewsCNet's Dan Farber took a look, not only at the popular news of how print media is dying a slow death, but also what contribution to the news print journalists are still making. According to research quoted, while the physical publicati...
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26-12-2008, 14:50:02

Technocrat.net Shut Down

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Technocrat.net Shut Downtwitter writes "Bruce Perens has pulled the plug on Technocrat.net. 'The technocrat.net public discussion site is shut down. This has happened because the site never achieved the ability to financially sustain its editorial staff and system expenses with ...
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26-12-2008, 12:50:02

DIY USB Servo-Guided Water Gun

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DIY USB Servo-Guided Water GunAn anonymous reader writes "What better way is there to learn something than by making your own DIY gadget? Here's a new video showing how to use a common hobby servo, in conjunction with a small water pump, to create a USB controlled water gun! You...
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26-12-2008, 08:50:02

Thai Premier Spams Nation, Prompts Consumer Outcry

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Thai Premier Spams Nation, Prompts Consumer Outcrypatiwat writes "Newly installed Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's first act was to send a spam SMS to tens of millions of Thai cell phone subscribers. The message, signed 'Your PM,' urged people to help him solve the Thai p...
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26-12-2008, 04:50:02

White Christmas In Antarctica

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White Christmas In AntarcticaThe idea of a white Christmas may seem magical for many of us, but Science Daily asks you to "spare a thought for a team of scientists forgoing the festive season to take part in a novel campaign being carried out in one of the most inhospitable regi...
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26-12-2008, 02:50:02

Judge Rules Fox Has Copyright Claim To emWatchmen/em

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Judge Rules Fox Has Copyright Claim To emWatchmen/emfermion writes "According to the NYT, a judge has decided that Fox owns the copyright to Watchmen , not Warner. Is this an example of copyright law becoming so complex that companies can abuse the court system to prevent compet...
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26-12-2008, 00:50:04

Amazon 1-Click Lawyers Make USPTO Work Xmas Eve

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Amazon 1-Click Lawyers Make USPTO Work Xmas Evetheodp writes "In a move that would do pre-makeover Ebenezer proud, Amazon.com's 1-Click lawyers put the USPTO to work on Christmas Eve. On Dec. 24th, the USPTO acknowledged receipt of yet another round of paperwork submitted by Ama...
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25-12-2008, 22:50:04

Last Major Supplier Calls It Quits For VHS

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Last Major Supplier Calls It Quits For VHSthefickler writes "The last major supplier of VHS videotapes is ditching the format in favor of DVD, effectively killing the format for good. This uncharitable commentator has this to say: 'Will VHS be missed? Not ... with videos being b...
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25-12-2008, 20:50:06

Mapping Planets and Moons In 3D With Stereophotoclinometry

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Mapping Planets and Moons In 3D With Stereophotoclinomet rysubcomdtaco writes with this snippet from a story in the NYTimes: "Dr. [Robert] Gaskell, with software he developed over a quarter-century of trial and error, can p...
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25-12-2008, 18:50:03

DHS To Grab Biometric Data From Green Card Holders

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DHS To Grab Biometric Data From Green Card HoldersAn anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Nextgov: "The Homeland Security Department has announced plans to expand its biometric data collection program to include foreign permanent residents and refugees. Almost all nonc...
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25-12-2008, 16:50:04

Legal Troubles Continue To Mount For Diebold

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Legal Troubles Continue To Mount For Diebolddstates writes "The State of Maryland has filed a $8.5M claim against Premier Election Systems (previously known as Diebold), joining Ohio in seeking damages from the company. The claim alleges that election officials were forced to sp...
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25-12-2008, 14:50:04

How Do You Monitor Documents?

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How Do You Monitor Documents?JumpDrive writes "I have been presented with a problem recently, which I know others have probably faced. During the last month, one of our customers accused us of providing another customer with their specification. So the question arose: how do we,...
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25-12-2008, 10:50:04

Aussie Net Filtering Trial Delayed

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Aussie Net Filtering Trial Delayedhopejr writes "The Federal Opposition says it is not surprised the Government's mandatory internet filtering trial has been delayed. The trial, which was meant to begin today, has been postponed until mid-January 2009 and the internet service pr...
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25-12-2008, 04:50:02

Smooth Open Street Maps For the IPhone

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Smooth Open Street Maps For the IPhonedetrow writes "A number of projects are working on bringing a smooth Open Street Maps Viewer to the iPhone. Where smooth means, as smooth as the Google Maps application. Route-Me is one of them (New BSD License, complete Objective-C native c...
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25-12-2008, 02:50:01

Universal Broadband Plan Calls For $44 Billion

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Universal Broadband Plan Calls For $44 BillionAndy King writes "The new Obama administration has pledged to deploy next-generation broadband to every community in America, but have offered few specifics. The Free Press have published a specific plan to accomplish broadband for a...
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25-12-2008, 00:50:04

Linux 2.6.28 Promises Year-End Presents

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Linux 2.6.28 Promises Year-End Presentsdarthcamaro writes "Little penguins all around the world are waiting for Penguin-Master Linus Torvalds to deliver some Glogg inspired Xmas cheer in the form of the new 2.6.28 kernel. Among the innovations in 2.6.28 are ext4 as stable, wirel...
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24-12-2008, 22:50:02

Cisco Launching Blade Servers in 2009

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Cisco Launching Blade Servers in 2009minutetraders writes "According to some sources, by next year Cisco Systems will be in the blade server business. ChannelWeb has a story, confirmed by and several sources, that the San Jose, Calif.-based networking behemoth is readying blade ...
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24-12-2008, 20:50:02

NSA's History of Communications Security mdash; For Your Eyes, Too

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NSA's History of Communications Security mdash; For Your Eyes, TooPhil Sp. writes "Government Attic, those fine investigative pack rats, have outdone themselves this time. Just posted: a declassified NSA document entitled A History of Communications Security, Volumes I and II: T...
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24-12-2008, 14:50:02

OpenSUSE 11.1 License Changes Examined

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OpenSUSE 11.1 License Changes ExaminednerdyH writes "Novell's recent openSUSE 11.1 release includes a new end-user license agreement modeled after Fedora's EULA, says Community Manager Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier in this detailed interview. Zonker says distributions should apply the...
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24-12-2008, 12:50:06

Configuring a Windows PC For a Senior Citizen?

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Configuring a Windows PC For a Senior Citizen?An anonymous reader writes "I would like to know if there are any resources on the Web or elsewhere describing how to configure a Windows PC for an older parent not living in the same household. Assume little computer familiarity or ...
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24-12-2008, 08:50:02

Software-Generated Paper Accepted At IEEE Conference

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Software-Generated Paper Accepted At IEEE Conferenceschlangemann writes "Check out the paper Towards the Simulation of E-commerce by Herbert Schlangemann, which is available in the IEEEXplor database (full article available only to IEEE members). This generated paper has been ac...
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24-12-2008, 06:50:02

ACM Urges Obama To Include CS In K-12 Core

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ACM Urges Obama To Include CS In K-12 Corejmcbain writes "The ACM issued a set of recommendations supporting Barack Obama's stated goal of making science and mathematics education a national priority at the K-12 level. The ACM is urging the new administration to include Computer...
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24-12-2008, 04:50:01

NASA Outsources ISS Resupply To SpaceX, Orbital

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NASA Outsources ISS Resupply To SpaceX, OrbitalDynaSoar writes "NASA has signed two contracts with US commercial space ventures totaling $3.5 billion for resupply of the International Space Station. SpaceX will receive $1.6 billion for 12 flights of SpaceX's planned Dragon space...
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24-12-2008, 02:50:01

Quicken 2007 For Mac Lacks EV Cert Support

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Quicken 2007 For Mac Lacks EV Cert Supportadamengst writes "If your bank uses the Extended Validation certificates that require a higher level of identity checking on the certificate authority's part (as at least one Seattle bank does), you may not be able to download transactio...
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24-12-2008, 00:50:03

How To Create More Jobs

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How To Create More JobsTechDirt is spotlighting a call by Michael S. Malone, a columnist for ABCNews.com, for letting Silicon Valley create jobs once more. Malone argues that Sarbanes-Oxley and other attempts at accounting reform have done little to prevent fraud, but in fact ha...
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23-12-2008, 22:50:04

Crackpot Scandal In Mathematics

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Crackpot Scandal In Mathematicsocean_soul writes "It is well known among scientists that the impact factor of a scientific journal is not always a good indicator of the quality of the papers in the journal. An extreme example of this was recently uncovered in mathematics. The sc...
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23-12-2008, 20:50:04

Doubts Multiply About the "Long Tail"

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Doubts Multiply About the "Long Tail"fruey sends in a New Scientist analysis of the many second thoughts about the Long Tail theory. It summarizes four studies that show, in different markets, that the tail is both flatter and thinner than originally supposed, and that blockbust...
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23-12-2008, 18:50:07

Shuttleworth Proposes Overhaul of Desktop Notifications

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Shuttleworth Proposes Overhaul of Desktop NotificationsThelasko writes "Mark Shuttleworth is considering a controversial overhaul to the way Ubuntu manages notifications." I'm not thrilled with all of the changes proposed, which would mostly value simplicity over confusion at th...
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23-12-2008, 16:50:06

Space Is Just a Little Bit Closer Than Expected

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Space Is Just a Little Bit Closer Than ExpectedSpuriousLogic points out a BBC story which begins "The upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere are much lower than expected, a US Air Force satellite has found. Currently, the ionosphere mdash; a layer of charged particles that envelope...
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23-12-2008, 14:50:02

Perfect MITM Attacks With No-Check SSL Certs

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Perfect MITM Attacks With No-Check SSL CertsStartCom writes "In a previous article I reported about Man-In-The-Middle attacks and spotlighted an example showing that they really happen. MITM attacks just got easier. In the attack described previously, untrusted certificates from...
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23-12-2008, 12:50:02

The RIAA's Rocky Road Ahead

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The RIAA's Rocky Road AheadThe RIAA's new plan to enlist ISPs in its war on file sharing, once it announced it was calling a halt to new consumer lawsuits, is running into rough sledding. Wired reports on the continuing legal murkiness of the RIAA's interpretation of copyright l...
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23-12-2008, 08:50:02

Inside the Active Volcano On Montserrat

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Inside the Active Volcano On MontserratRoland Piquepaille writes "An international team of researchers has begun collecting imaging data on the Soufriere Hills Volcano in Montserrat, which has been erupting regularly since 1995. They're using the equivalent of a CAT scan to unde...
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23-12-2008, 04:50:03

Not All Cores Are Created Equal

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Not All Cores Are Created Equaljoabj writes "Virginia Tech researchers have found that the performance of programs running on multicore processors can vary from server to server, and even from core to core. Factors such as which core handles interrupts, or which cache holds the ...
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23-12-2008, 02:50:03

As Christmas Bonus, Google Hands Out "Dogfood"

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As Christmas Bonus, Google Hands Out "Dogfood"theodp writes "You know times are tough when the best place to work in America replaces holiday bonuses with a request for unpaid labor. Blaming the economic crisis, Google management has canceled the traditional cash holiday bonus m...
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23-12-2008, 00:50:07

With Lawsuit Settled, Hackers Working With MBTA

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With Lawsuit Settled, Hackers Working With MBTAnarramissic writes "The three MIT students who were sued earlier this year by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority for planning to show at Defcon how they had had reverse engineered the magnetic stripe tickets and smartcards said...
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22-12-2008, 22:50:03

Nanocar Wins Top Science Award

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Nanocar Wins Top Science AwardLucas123 writes "A researcher who built a car slightly larger than a strand of DNA won the Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for experimental nanotechnology. James Tour, a professor of chemistry at Rice Univ. built a car only 4 nanometers in width i...
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22-12-2008, 20:50:07

Zoe's Tale

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Zoe's Talestoolpigeon writes "John Scalzi, the author of Hugo Award-nominated science fiction novel Old Man's War, has built what started as a story serialized in his blog into a series of full novels and short stories. The latest installment in the OMW universe, Zoe's Tale, is ...
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22-12-2008, 18:50:02

NSA Patents a Way To Spot Network Snoops

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NSA Patents a Way To Spot Network Snoopsnarramissic writes "The National Security Agency has patented a technique for figuring out whether someone is messing with your network by measuring the amount of time it takes to send different types of data and sounding an alert if somet...
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22-12-2008, 16:50:03

Australia To Block BitTorrent

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Australia To Block BitTorrentKevin 7Kbps writes "Censorship Minister Stephen Conroy announced today that the Australian Internet Filters will be extended to block peer-to-peer traffic, saying, 'Technology that filters peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic does exist and it is anti...
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22-12-2008, 14:50:03

Will People Really Boycott Apple Over DRM?

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Will People Really Boycott Apple Over DRM?Ian Lamont writes "DefectiveByDesign.o rg is waging a battle against DRM with a 35-day campaign targeting various hardware and software products from Microsoft, Nintendo, and others...
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22-12-2008, 12:50:03

EEStor Issued a Patent For Its Supercapacitor

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EEStor Issued a Patent For Its SupercapacitorAn anonymous reader sends us to GM-volt.com, an electric vehicle enthusiast blog, for the news that last week EEStor was granted a US patent for their electric-energy storage unit, of which no one outside the company (no one who is ta...
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22-12-2008, 08:50:03

Scientists Build Neonatal Incubator From Car Parts

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Scientists Build Neonatal Incubator From Car PartsPeace Corps Online writes "The NYTimes ran a story this week about a group of scientists who have built a neonatal incubator out of automobile parts, including a pair of headlights as a heat source, a car door alarm to signal eme...
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