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+ - Squirrels heat tails to warn rattlesnakes 1

Submitted by Miraba
Miraba (846588) writes "According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences squirrels heat their tails as part of a defense mechanism against infrared-detecting rattlesnakes. The gopher snake, a species that cannot detect infrared, does not cause the squirrels to heat their tails. The scientists created a robotic squirrel to test their hypothesis."
NES (Games)

+ - Worlds Rarest NES Cartridge Almost Sold For 1$

Submitted by Zarjazz
Zarjazz (36278) writes "If both the innocence / ignorance of the seller and the validity of the winning bidder are to be believed, a job lot of 24 NES cartridges for $24 (1$ per game) eventually sold for over $20,000 after it was noticed that one of the cartridges was a special winners edition of 'Nintendo World Championships 1990'

After the death of his son in Iraq, the seller placed the games up for auction hoping "whoever buys the games will enjoy them as much as my son did!". NWC contained special versions of Super Mario Brothers, Rad Racer and Tetris to be played under a fixed time limit. At least 90 of these copies exist in a grey cartridge and were given out to semi-finalists of the 1990 NWC however only 26 of these cartridges exist in "gold" for the winners and are considered to be the rarest and most valuable NES cartridge released. The game can be clear seen lurking in the bottom left corner of the original auction image."
Hardware Hacking

+ - Simple computation using dominos

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An anonymous reader writes "When silicon fails to beat Moores law, maybe dominos can help. This guy has created a half adder in dominos as a proof of concept for domino computation. If he intends to make a full domino computer he's going to need an awful lot of dominos..."
Power

+ - Thorium the Key to Non-Prolfieration?

Submitted by P3NIS_CLEAVER
P3NIS_CLEAVER (860022) writes "Nuclear energy has been proposed as an alternative to coal power plants that generating carbon dioxide and emit mercury. As we are seeing now in Iran, the desire for nuclear energy has created a gray area that places peaceful civilian power generation at odds with nuclear non-proliferation. An article at Resource Investor claims that thorium reactors can be used to replace existing reactors without creating isotopes that may be used in nuclear weapons."

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