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Sci-Fi

+ - Majel Barrett-Roddenberry Passes Away

Submitted by AcidDan
AcidDan (150672) writes "Majel Barret-Roddenberry, the First Lady of Star Trek, aka "Number One", Nurse Chapel, Lwaxana Troi and the voice of the venerable Next-Generation computers has passed away at her home in Bel-Air. She will be sorely missed by fans, but we should all take a minute to consider her friends and especially her family at this difficult time."
Biotech

+ - Humans not as similar to chimps as was believed

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An anonymous reader writes "Scientific American reports on research that found we humans are a good deal more genetically different from chimpanzees that we'd been lead to believe. The much quoted 1.5% difference between chimps and humans is more like 6%, which makes chimps slightly less closely related than we thought they were."
The Courts

Lawsuits That Changed the Games Industry 54

Posted by Zonk
from the case-of-mario-v.-kong dept.
Gamasutra has up a piece looking at litigation that changed the way the games industry works. Deep, interesting questions like "Is modding legal?", "Are games covered by the 1st amendment?", and "Are games protected by copyright laws?" have all been decided in legal cases within the last 20 years. The site explores these issues, and ponders issues that are likely to affect the business of the games hobby in the future. From the article: "A variety of laws have been put forth by state legislature to act toward censoring game content or controlling the sale of games. As a rule, be immediately suspicious of any legislation proposed in the name of 'security' or 'protecting our children.' The result is often a jumbo size bite taken out of artistic expression and individual liberty. To date, the ESA has fought and won nine out of nine cases on these issues, having the state laws declared unconstitutional. Furthermore, the ESA has sought and won more than $1.5 million dollars in attorneys fees."
Christmas Cheer

+ - Two-headed reptile fossil found in China

Submitted by [TheBORG]
[TheBORG] (666) writes "A tiny skeleton from the Early Cretaceous shows an embryonic or newborn reptile with two heads and two necks, called axial bifurcation ('two-headedness') (a well-known developmental flaw among reptile species today such as turtles and snakes) was found in China by French and Chinese paleontologists recovered from the Yixian Formation, which is nearly 150 million years old."
Movies

+ - Transformers Movie

Submitted by john g the 4th
john g the 4th (1040350) writes "Transformers the movie has recently released a trailer which is intriguing to say the least. The main site for the movie is also incredibly well done, and if the trailer (exclusively on yahoo) isn't indication enough, this just might be the movie to see this summer for those of us who grew up watching the TV series. It does seem to be a unique interpretation of the original storyline, though the trailer really doesn't show much more than quick shots of action and eye candy.

Only a glimpse of Optimus Prime is shown, but its a moment that still made a few hairs stand up on the back of my neck. My gut feeling on hearing about the movie was expecting another poorly animated 3D feature (much like the Cartoon Network remake), but honestly I never expected the quality of CG that I saw in the trailer. This might up the bar for quite a few movies in the next year. As with most Hollywood remakes though, you can expect some forced storyline "must haves" that will leave the loyalist fans (such as myself) more than a little annoyed. I still expect this movie to be a magnificient feast for the eyes, and if nothing else, the trailer is worth the wait for download."

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