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Submission + - Caffeine Linked to Lower Skin Cancer Risk (

THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes: The curative effects of coffee continue to be discovered as the Harvard School of Public Health and Boston's Brigham & Women's Hospital published a new study today that links caffeine consumption with reduced skin cancer rates. Quoting:

    The study of nearly 113,000 men and women found those who drank three or more cups of coffee a day had a 20 percent lower risk of basal cell carcinoma than those who said no to Joe.

Caffeine in non-coffee substances was found equally effective. The cause is speculated to be related to caffeine's ability to "kill off damaged skin cells," said Dr. Josh Zeichner, assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. "If you get rid of these cells that are damaged, then they don't have the opportunity to grow and form cancers."

Submission + - New Mayan document says Doomsday isn't 21 December (

asavin writes: New discovery appears to rubbish rumours global apocalypse will take place later this year.

The Mayan calendar consists of several bak'tuns (periods of time), each containing 144,000 days. It is believed a certain date in the calendar (21 December, 2012) marks the end of the 13th bak'tun and popular belief has long suggested that is the date of the end of the world.

However, new studies and discoveries like the one above suggest a more prosaic alternative — it simply means the 14th baktun is set to start.


Submission + - Scientists at Cern expected to announce Higgs Boson particle (

An anonymous reader writes: The Higgs boson is regarded as the key to understanding the universe. Physicists say its job is to give the particles that make up atoms their mass.

Without this mass, these particles would zip though the cosmos at the speed of light, unable to bind together to form the atoms that make up everything in the universe, from planets to people.

Submission + - Egyptian Teenager Creates Next-Generation Quantum Space Propulsion System (

cplusplus writes: An Egyptain teenager has patented a next-generation propulsion system that could send spacecraft to other solar systems—without using a single drop of fuel. While it is not quite warp-drive technology, young physicist Aisha Mustafa’s system is based on quantum physics and could see mankind boldly go where no man has gone before.

Submission + - Is Microsoft's Kinect A Gaming Failure? (

MojoKid writes: "E3 is well underway in Los Angeles, and Microsoft has already made a major splash with its "SmartGlass" technology, game demos, and its announcement that a Kinect-powered version of Internet Explorer will debut on the Xbox 360. This is a marked change from last year, when Kinect was the unquestioned centerpiece of Microsoft's display and the company's demos focused on how Kinect-powered games used your full body as a controller. Kinect is in the interesting position of having both sold extremely well while failing to move the bar forward in any of the ways Microsoft projected in the run up to it's launch. Scroll through the ratings on Kinect-required titles, and the percentages are abysmal. Kinect's biggest problem is rooted in ergonomics. Gamepads with buttons may be crude approximations of real life, but they're simple and intuitive. They're also flexible — a great many games have conditional scenarios that allow the same button to perform different functions depending on what's going on within the game. Pure Kinect games don't have a simple mechanism to incorporate these features, and there's no easy way around them. The motion-controller's most enduring features may ultimately be its capabilities outside the gaming sphere."

Submission + - One Way Trips To Mars, Leaving 2022 (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: "Check this vacation package: A seven month journey without showering (Just 213 days’ worth of moist clean towelettes for four) balanced with a satisfying three hours of exercise per day, and extremely tight quarters (with the possible interruption of solar storms which would require that passengers crawl deeper inro the rocket’s shelter area for days). It’s like Survivor, but it’ll take 10 years of passing immunity challenges to make it aboard. Sounds like one of the more interesting passages I’ve come across in the Rough Guide (Will there be shrimp with garlic?)

Enough though – is this for real? According to Mars One, “Yes, it is!” They say they’ve been planning a Mars trip since January 2011 in secret, and only recently could they remove their embargo once they realized it could happen. They’ve received letters of interest from big-leaguers Surrey, Thales Alenia, and space’s recent commercial debutant, SpaceX. Hooking up with these companies as suppliers, Mars One aims to call on a general audience to participate in selecting the first person to leave foot prints on the surface of the Red Planet.

“Our biggest challenge is acquiring funding. Once we do, it is on,” Mars One exclaims on their site, saying the company’s trip will help produce “the biggest media event in history!”"

Data Storage

Submission + - Stanford bioengineers create rewritable digital data storage in DNA (

An anonymous reader writes: You don't hear too much about biological computing but in research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences scientists reveal they have devised the genetic equivalent of a binary digit — a "bit" in data parlance.

"It took us three years and 750 tries to make it work, but we finally did it," according to Jerome Bonnet, of research which describes, a method for repeatedly encoding, storing and erasing digital data within the DNA of living cells.


Submission + - Flooded by counterfeit parts: The US military blames China (

Vario writes: After a series of military components failing in the Seahawk helicopter, the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft and a modified Boeing 737, the Senate Armed Services Committee investigation claims that counterfeit electronic parts are the primary source for these problems. Tracing the supply chain back by buying at several vendors the report authors state: "China is the dominant source for counterfeit electronic parts that are infiltrating the defense supply chain" (Senate report).While it is regularly discussed whether backdoors can and are installed in electronic parts actual failing components might be much more damaging to the US military.

Submission + - Mozilla Announces Web Development Learning Initiative (

bonch writes: Mozilla has announced Webmaker, a web development initiative aimed at teaching the average user the building blocks of the web. Users can join a "code party" and learn web development with provided authoring tools, and existing developers can volunteer to run their own events. To kick it off, Mozilla is announcing the Summer Code Party starting June 23.

Submission + - Pirate Bay Simplifies Circumvention of ISP Blockades (

TheGift73 writes: "In their ongoing effort to circumvent the court mandated blockades in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy, The Pirate Bay has added a new website. The site in question is operating from a new IP-address which makes it available directly to blocked subscribers. In addition, the new site is optimized to work with proxies in case the IP-address is blocked in the future.

Within a few days, five of the largest UK Internet providers will all have to censor The Pirate Bay. Virgin and Orange have already implemented the block and the rest must follow before the end of May.

The music companies who asked for the blockade hope it will decrease piracy significantly, but it is doubtful whether this wish will come true.

Already we’ve seen a massive increase in traffic to proxy-websites from the UK, and this is only expected to increase during the coming days. In addition, The Pirate Bay team isn’t sitting still either. They’ve now rolled out a new site which circumvents the UK measures before they’ve even started.

In most countries where The Pirate Bay is blocked it’s done by a domain and IP-address filter. But, since TPB added a new IP-address at, blocked subscribers can access the site again without problems. At least for now that is, since in some cases the copyright holders have the power to add new domains and addresses upon request.

The Pirate Bay team is no stranger to this. However, circumventing the blockades directly is not the main reason the IP-address was added. Regular users of TPB will notice that the site hosted on the new address is slightly different from the standard site.

The Pirate Bay team told TorrentFreak that the new site is setup to guarantee maximum compatibility with the many proxy sites that are out there.

“It is made so the people who setup proxies can use the new IP-address instead of coming up with complicated rewrites for static content and stuff. Instead of pointing their proxies to they should point it to that IP-address,” we were told.

Aside from making it easier to setup a proxy, the new page is also optimized for proxies in other ways. It will only show links to magnet files for example, and the login, register, comment and upload functions are disabled for security reasons.

So, even if the new IP-address is added to the various blocklists, the new site still functions as a basis for proxy sites.

The above once again shows that it’s virtually impossible to completely prevent people from accessing The Pirate Bay. There are simply too many options for people to route around the block. From visiting a proxy, to simply adding a few lines to their “hosts” file to access the site directly.

It appears that the only working option to stop people from accessing the site is to DDoS it into oblivion. But then again, that’s not really sustainable."

Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun Unleashes 'Spectacular' & Powerful Eruptio ( 1

Endoflow2010 writes: The sun unleashed a massive solar storm today (June 7) in a dazzling eruption that kicked up a vast cloud of magnetic plasma that appeared to rain back down over half of the sun's entire surface, NASA scientists say.

The solar storm hit its peak at about 2:41 a.m. EDT (0641 GMT), but the actual flare extended over a three-hour period, said C. Alex Young, a solar astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center who runs a website called The Sun Today, in a video describing the event.

"The sun produced a quite spectacular prominence eruption that had a solar flare and high-energy particles associated with it, but I've just never seen material released like this before," Young said. "It looks like somebody just kicked a giant clod of dirt into the air and then it fell back down." [Video: See the sun's June 7 solar flare and eruption]

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