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ne: 27-10-2008, 02:50:02

Game-Related Education On the Rise At Colleges

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Game-Related Education On the Rise At CollegesThe LA Times has a story about the increased interest in learning how to make video games amongst college students, and the subsequent rise in game-related education as the schools respond to that demand. Some programs are gaining le...

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ne: 27-10-2008, 00:50:03

One of HST's Cameras Is Back In Action

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One of HST's Cameras Is Back In ActionStupendousMan writes "One of the two big cameras aboard the Hubble Space Telescope is the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, or WFPC2 for short. As the most recent HST status report indicates, the camera was recently powered up again and sen...

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ne: 26-10-2008, 22:50:03

100x Denser Chips Possible With Plasmonic Nanolithography

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100x Denser Chips Possible With Plasmonic NanolithographyRoland Piquepaille writes "According to the semiconductor industry, maskless nanolithography is a flexible nanofabrication technique which suffers from low throughput. But now, engineers at the University of California at ...

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ne: 26-10-2008, 20:51:00

US Army Sees Twitter As Possible Terrorist "Operation Tool"

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US Army Sees Twitter As Possible Terrorist "Operation Tool"Mike writes "A draft US Army intelligence report has identified the popular micro-blogging service Twitter as a potential terrorist tool. A chapter titled 'Potential for Terrorist Use of Twitter' notes that Twitter membe...

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ne: 26-10-2008, 18:50:18

PHP Gets Namespace Separators, With a Twist

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PHP Gets Namespace Separators, With a Twistjeevesbond writes "PHP finally is finally getting support for namespaces. However, after a couple hours of conversation, the developers picked '' as the separator, instead of the more popular '::'. Fredrik Holmström points out some prob...

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ne: 26-10-2008, 14:50:16

Australian Government Ignoring Problems With Proposed Filters

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Australian Government Ignoring Problems With Proposed Filtershalll7 writes with an update to the proposed Australian national firewall we discussed recently. According to the BBC, "The official watchdog, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), has been conducti...

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ne: 26-10-2008, 12:50:11

Blogger.com Banned In Turkey

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Blogger.com Banned In Turkeypetermp writes "A Turkish court has blocked access to the popular blog hosting service Blogger (Blogger.com and Blogspot.com, owned by Google), since Friday, October 24th, 2008. According to BasBasBas.com, a Dutch blogger based in Istanbul, who alerte...

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ne: 26-10-2008, 08:50:02

PC Makers Try to Pinch Seconds From Their Boot Times

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PC Makers Try to Pinch Seconds From Their Boot TimesSome computers are never turned off, or at least rarely see any state less active than "standby," but others (for power savings or other reasons) need rebooting — daily, or even more often. The New York Times is running a...

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ne: 26-10-2008, 06:50:07

Belgian ISP Scores Victory In Landmark P2P Case

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Belgian ISP Scores Victory In Landmark P2P Casesecmartin writes "Belgian ISP Scarlet scored an important victory in the first major European test of copyright law. The interim decision forcing them to block transfers of copyrighted materials via P2P has been reversed, because th...

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ne: 26-10-2008, 02:50:04

Distributed.net Finds Optimal 25-Mark Golomb Ruler

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Distributed.net Finds Optimal 25-Mark Golomb Rulerkpearson writes "Distributed.net's 8-year-old OGR-25 distributed computing project has just proven conclusively that the predicted shortest 25-mark Golomb ruler is optimal. 'The total length of the ruler is 480, with marks at pos...

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ne: 26-10-2008, 02:50:02

NASA's New Lunar Rover, Now Testing in Arizona

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NASA's New Lunar Rover, Now Testing in ArizonaMarkWhittington writes "NASA has unveiled a new prototype lunar rover, called the Chariot, a production version of which is hoped to be operational on the lunar surface by 2019. NASA is now testing the Chariot lunar rover in Arizona,...

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ne: 26-10-2008, 00:50:10

What Normal Users Can Expect From Ubuntu 8.10

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What Normal Users Can Expect From Ubuntu 8.10notthatwillsmith writes "With Ubuntu 8.10 due to be released in just a few days, Maximum PC pored through all the enhancements, updates, and new features that are bundled into the release of Intrepid Ibex and separated out the new fea...

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ne: 25-10-2008, 22:50:36

Security Flaw In Android Web Browser

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Security Flaw In Android Web Browserr writes "The New York Times reports on a security flaw discovered in the new Android phones. The article is light on details, but it hints at a security hole in the browser, allowing for trojans to install themselves in the same security part...

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ne: 25-10-2008, 20:50:35

Shuttleworth On Redefining File Systems

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Shuttleworth On Redefining File Systemsmoteyalpha writes "Mark Shuttleworth described the beginnings of what could a great step forward in making file systems more usable. I've personally had the experience of trying to find a file for a customer who had just finished editing a ...

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ne: 25-10-2008, 18:50:04

Cellphone Banking Helping To Fight Poverty In India

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Cellphone Banking Helping To Fight Poverty In IndiaAn anonymous reader writes "Technology Review is running an in-depth story about the way cellphone banking is transforming the lives of many poor people in India. By enabling them to manage a legitimate bank account and finance ...

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ne: 25-10-2008, 16:50:06

Google Launches User Driven Debate Site

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Google Launches User Driven Debate SiteTyndmyr writes "In conjunction with the previously covered Knol system, Google has recently released Knol Debates, where users can vote for and discuss various topics. First up, presidential debates, representing topics from any party, and ...

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ne: 25-10-2008, 14:50:09

Early Voting Problems, Open Source Alternative

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Early Voting Problems, Open Source AlternativeTechdirt makes note of some problems cropping up already for early voters in the presidential election. CNN covers some of the issues, including machines in a West Virginia county which recorded some votes incorrectly because of an a...

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ne: 25-10-2008, 12:50:17

Underground Lab To Probe Ratio of Matter To Antimatter

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Underground Lab To Probe Ratio of Matter To AntimatterWired reports on the Enriched Xenon Observatory 200, a particle detector scientists hope will answer the question of why there is significantly more matter than antimatter in the universe. Quoting: "The new detector will try ...

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ne: 25-10-2008, 08:50:03

Browsing Frugally Without Wasting Bandwidth?

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Browsing Frugally Without Wasting Bandwidth?forrestm writes "At home, my internet connection is limited to 1GB / month before I have to pay extra. At my university, I'm charged around 2.5c per megabyte. I rarely download anything big, but I often go through a large amount of ban...

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ne: 25-10-2008, 04:50:02

The Effects of the Cloud On Business, Education

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The Effects of the Cloud On Business, Educationg8orade points out two recent articles in The Economist about the rise of cloud computing. The first discusses how software-as-a-service has come to pervade online interactions. "Irving Wladawsky-Berger, a technology visionary at IB...

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ne: 25-10-2008, 02:50:03

Packs of Robots Will Hunt Down Uncooperative Humans

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Packs of Robots Will Hunt Down Uncooperative HumansOstracus writes "The latest request from the Pentagon jars the senses. At least, it did mine. They are looking for contractors to 'develop a software/hardware suite that would enable a multi-robot team, together with a human ope...

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ne: 25-10-2008, 00:50:04

Amazon Kindle Endorsed By Oprah

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Amazon Kindle Endorsed By OprahOprah Winfrey enthused about the Amazon Kindle on her show today — it's her "new favorite thing" — and had Jeff Bezos on to announce a $50-off offer good till Nov. 1. A plug on Oprah is ordinarily a sign that a product has crossed over ...

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ne: 24-10-2008, 22:50:37

$29M To Start US Satellite Protection Program

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$29M To Start US Satellite Protection Programcoondoggie sends in a Network World piece that begins "The Air Force laid out $29 million in contracts this week to build space-based sensors that could detect threats or hazards and protect satellites in orbit. Assurance Technologies...

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ne: 24-10-2008, 20:50:14

Bill Gates Founds New "Think Tank" Company

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Bill Gates Founds New "Think Tank" CompanyHomncruse sends in news of Bill Gates's new adventure, adding "I was working just one or two floors under this new office when it was all coming together. I even unknowingly shared an elevator with him at one time on his way up to the of...

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ne: 24-10-2008, 18:50:05

Nintendo Blocks Homebrew Installation

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Nintendo Blocks Homebrew InstallationElementC writes "Sometime yesterday Nintendo uploaded the latest Wii system update. This update quietly patches a few bugs that allowed the installation of both homebrew and warez apps. Currently installed apps such as the Homebrew Channel an...

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ne: 24-10-2008, 16:50:16

In UK, Broadband Limits Confuse Nine In Ten Users

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In UK, Broadband Limits Confuse Nine In Ten UsersMark Jackson writes "ISPreview reports that 86% of UK broadband users don't understand the usage limits on their service, and nearly one million have reached or exceeded their ISPs limit in the last year. This is important because...

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ne: 24-10-2008, 14:50:13

Open Source Hardware, For Fun and For Profit

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Open Source Hardware, For Fun and For Profitptorrone writes "Lots of open source hardware articles making the rounds this week, first up — Wired has an excellent piece on the Arduino project, an open source electronics prototyping platform, its founders and business model ...

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ne: 24-10-2008, 12:50:19

Researchers Find Problems With RFID Passport Cards

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Researchers Find Problems With RFID Passport CardsAn anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the University of Washington have found that RFID tags used in two new types of border-crossing documents in the U.S. are vulnerable to snooping and copying. The information in these tag...

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ne: 24-10-2008, 08:50:02

Australia Developing Massive Electric Vehicle Grid

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Australia Developing Massive Electric Vehicle Gridblairerickson writes "A US firm Thursday unveiled plans to build a massive one-billion-dollar charging network to power electric cars in Australia as it seeks cleaner and cheaper options to petrol. Better Place, which has built p...

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ne: 24-10-2008, 06:50:03

Australian Government Censorship 'Worse Than Iran'

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Australian Government Censorship 'Worse Than Iran'An anonymous reader writes "The Australian Government's plan to Censor the Internet is producing problems for ISPs, with filters causing speeds to drop by up to 86% and falsely blocking 10% of safe sites. The Government Minister ...

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ne: 24-10-2008, 04:50:03

Exchanging Pictures To Generate Passwords

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Exchanging Pictures To Generate PasswordsRoland Piquepaille writes "Today, Ileana Buhan, a Romanian computer scientist, is presenting her PhD Thesis at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. She is using biometrics to protect confidential information when it is exchanged b...

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ne: 24-10-2008, 02:50:02

Anatomy of the First Video Game, Born 1958

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Anatomy of the First Video Game, Born 1958afabbro writes "Fifty years ago, before 'Pong' and 'Space Invaders,' a nuclear physicist created 'Tennis for Two,' a 2-D tennis game that some say was the first video game ever. Built in 1958, it was 'gynormous.' 'In addition to the osci...

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ne: 24-10-2008, 00:50:05

Evolutionary Scientists Test-Drive Spore, Gripe

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Evolutionary Scientists Test-Drive Spore, Gripeahab_2001 writes "The computer game Spore has been marketed partly as an experience that makes evolutionary biology come alive in a game setting. But does that claim hold water? To find out, John Bohannon, a correspondent for Scienc...

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ne: 23-10-2008, 22:50:35

Alternatives to Daylight Saving Time?

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Alternatives to Daylight Saving Time?Wellington Grey writes "Daylight saving time is shortly upon us. The arguments about its possible benefits and drawbacks come up twice every year. Does it save energy or lives? Possibly but it does definitely cause a great deal of inconvenien...

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ne: 23-10-2008, 20:50:06

Cobol Job Market Heating Up

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Cobol Job Market Heating Upsnydeq writes "Developers seeking job security in the years ahead could find an unlikely edge in Cobol. According to an InfoWorld report, demand for Cobol skills is surging, with salaries on the rise. More importantly, the short supply of offshore Cobo...

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ne: 23-10-2008, 18:50:09

All Russian Schools Mandated To Use Free Software

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All Russian Schools Mandated To Use Free SoftwareGlyn Moody writes "After running some successful pilots, the Russian government has decided to make open source the standard for *all* schools. If a school doesn't want to use the free software supplied by the government, it has t...

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ne: 23-10-2008, 16:50:32

Fedora 9 Would Cost $10.8B To Build From Scratch

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Fedora 9 Would Cost $10.8B To Build From Scratchruphus13 writes "The Linux Foundation's recently released report claims, ""it would take approximately $10.8 billion to build the Linux community distribution Fedora 9 in today's dollars with today's software development costs". Th...

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ne: 23-10-2008, 14:50:16

Scientists Erase Specific Memories In Mice

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Scientists Erase Specific Memories In MiceOstracus writes "It sounds like science fiction, but scientists say it might one day be possible to erase undesirable memories from the brain, selectively and safely. After exposing mice to emotionally powerful stimuli, such as a mild sh...

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ne: 23-10-2008, 10:50:05

The Walking House

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The Walking HouseWhat is 10' tall, has six hydraulic legs, and is powered by the wind and solar panels? The prototype pod house built by art collective N55 in Copenhagen, Denmark. With the help of MIT, N55 built the pod over a two-year period at a cost of £30,000. Designer...

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ne: 23-10-2008, 06:50:08

Voters Swayed By Candidates Who Share Their Looks

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Voters Swayed By Candidates Who Share Their Looksiandoh writes "Stanford researchers have found that voters are subconsciously swayed by candidates who share their facial features. In three experiments, researchers at the Virtual Human Interaction Lab worked with cheap, easy-to-...

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ne: 23-10-2008, 04:50:02

Inside the World's Most Advanced Planetarium

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Inside the World's Most Advanced Planetariumnotthatwillsmith writes "Earlier this month, the most technologically-advanced digital planetarium in the world opened in San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences. The new Morrison Planetarium's 75-foot screen replaces the tradit...

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ne: 23-10-2008, 02:50:04

Researchers Developing Cancer-Fighting Beer

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Researchers Developing Cancer-Fighting BeerCWmike writes "Ever picked up a cold, frosty beer on a hot summer's day and thought that it simply couldn't get any better? Well, think again. A team of researchers at Rice University in Houston is working on helping Joe Six Pack fight ...

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ne: 23-10-2008, 00:50:03

Wikipedia For Schools DVD Released

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Wikipedia For Schools DVD ReleasedDavid Gerard writes "SOS Children's Villages has released the 2008/9 Wikipedia Selection for Schools — 5500 checked and reviewed articles matching the English National Curriculum, produced by SOS for use in their own schools in developing ...

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ne: 22-10-2008, 22:50:55

A Look At Successful Game Mods

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A Look At Successful Game ModsParz writes "Mods have been an important part of gaming for well over 15 years. Not only have they provided plenty of additional free gaming to players, but they've acted as a launch pad for independent and amateur programmers to show off their skil...

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ne: 22-10-2008, 20:50:17

X-Rays Emitted From Ordinary Scotch Tape

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X-Rays Emitted From Ordinary Scotch TapeMaximum Prophet writes "When I was in High School, I built an X-Ray machine that (probably) didn't produce any X-Rays. I used an old vacuum tube and high voltage. Little did I know that simple triboluminescence would have enough energy to ...

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ne: 22-10-2008, 18:50:20

Magnetic Levitating Trains Get Go-ahead In Japan

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Magnetic Levitating Trains Get Go-ahead In JapanAn anonymous reader writes "They've been on the drawing board for 40 years but the politicos have finally approved routes for the 500kph maglev trains to replace bullet trains." I wonder if they'll let me test out of maglev rollerb...

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ne: 22-10-2008, 16:50:18

A Look At Google's Newest Data Center

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A Look At Google's Newest Data Centermiller60 writes "Google doesn't allow the public inside its secret data centers. But a recent groundbreaking event at the company's new South Carolina data center provided glimpses of the exterior of the facility, which shows a design that ha...

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ne: 22-10-2008, 14:50:02

Geoengineering To Cool the Earth Becoming Thinkable

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Geoengineering To Cool the Earth Becoming Thinkablejohkir writes "As early as 1965, when Al Gore was a freshman in college, a panel of distinguished environmental scientists warned President Lyndon B. Johnson that CO2 emissions from fossil fuels might cause 'marked changes in cl...

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ne: 22-10-2008, 10:50:07

Finding Better Tech Broadcasts?

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Finding Better Tech Broadcasts?BearGrylls writes "As a young lad and aspiring technologist I have found shows like Revision3's 'The Broken' and 'Systm' to be entertaining, informative, and, most importantly, thorough. As time has gone on revision3 has kept some of the tech-relat...

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ne: 22-10-2008, 08:50:03

Stem Cells From Fat Create Beating Heart Cells

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Stem Cells From Fat Create Beating Heart CellsAmenacier writes "Melbourne scientists recently discovered that stem cells isolated from human fat could be made to turn into beating heart muscle cells when cultured with rat heart cells. This discovery may lead to the use of fat st...