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Biotech

+ - First Successful Demonstration of CO2 Capture

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Global Research Technologies, LLC (GRT), a technology research and development company, and Klaus Lackner from Columbia University have achieved the successful demonstration of a bold new technology to capture carbon from the air. The "air extraction" prototype has successfully demonstrated that indeed carbon dioxide (CO2) can be captured from the atmosphere. This is GRT's first step toward a commercially viable air capture device."
Databases

+ - MySQL + AmazonS3??

Submitted by Venotar
Venotar (233363) writes "While perusing the MySQL conference website, I noticed that Mark Atwood will be discussing a plugin storage engine for Amazon's S3 with MySQL. Further googling only turned up Pete Freitag's interesting observation that combining such a plug-in with Amazon's EC2 could be very useful. Does anyone know where a copy of this plug-in could be found, or if it's just vaporware? It seems like the sort of tool that could shift the economics behind quite a few ways businesses use their technology, so I was curious to hear what sort of ideas the slashdot crowd would come up with."
Amiga

+ - Amiga OS 4.0 Final Update released

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Hyperion-Entertainment is very pleased to announce the immediate availability (for registered AmigaOne customers) of Amiga OS 4.0, The Final Update. Originally released in May of 2004, Amiga OS 4.0 is the most stable, modern and feature-rich incarnation to date of the multi-media centric operating system launched by Commodore Business Machines (CBM) in 1985 with which it still retains a high degree of compatibility. Amiga OS 4.0, The Final Update is the culmination of 5 years of development and takes the form of a stand-alone ISO image which contains a full installation of all Amiga OS 4.0 components. A list of new features can be found here."
Microsoft

+ - Automatically Convert .docx Files to .txt

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aloser
aloser writes "When Microsoft released Office 2007, they replaced the new Microsoft Word default format with the Microsoft Open Office XML Format (.docx). Unfortunately, this format is far from open and far from accessible. Mac and Linux users have (at least for the moment) been shut out. I whipped up a quick script that will extract the text (albeit minus the formatting) from a .docx file for viewing on any Operating System; no software needed. Enjoy!"
Privacy

+ - Viability of a National Meth Makers Registry

Submitted by Jefferey King
Jefferey King (666) writes "According to an MSNBC article published earlier today, many States are considering the creation of another type of Online Offenders Registry — one for anyone involved in the "cooking" or dealing of methamphetamine. Online Offenders Registries in the United States were previously restricted to sex offenders, namely, rapists and pedophiles. The question is, "What's the point, and why just meth?""
The Internet

+ - Time for the Adult Industry to come out the slum?

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Kenneth
Kenneth writes "Considering an estimated $1billion turnover in the US alone,is it time for the Adult Entertainment Industry to come out of the dark corners of the web? Its must be time to finally look at the iTunes business model and wake up the industry. Can this be a good thing, considering that it isnt actually illegal? Would it help clean out the underground similiar to MP3 downloads and iTunes?"
HP

+ - HP Tosses Hat Into Gaming Ring

Submitted by PreacherTom
PreacherTom (1000306) writes "Though we may expect it of late from such companies as Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, it isn't only the usual suspects who are tossing their hats into the gaming ring. Enter Hewlett-Packard, who hopes to leverage the newfound graphics muscle they gained during the Voodoo PC acquisition into new directions. Preliminary experiments have testers in England freeing Anne Boleyn from the Tower of London on their iPAQ's. "Sitting in front of a TV is boring," says HP VP Philip McKinney. "Gaming is the new high-definition experience. Voodoo offers HP what an F1 racing team does for a carmaker.""
Biotech

+ - Stem-cell bill pass in Australia

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nickd (58841) writes "Having recently being passed in the Senate by only 2 votes, the bill has now been passed in the House of Representatives by 82-62. The amendment that was seeking to prevent stem cells being extracted from the eggs of aborted late term female foetuses has also been voted down. The changes will allow scientists to create and use embryos up to 14 days old for research."
Yahoo!

+ - Yahoo! Shakes Things Up

Submitted by PreacherTom
PreacherTom (1000306) writes "Growing strife inside Yahoo! has erupted into a sweeping management and organizational shakeup. CEO Terry Semel announced yesterday that the company will be reordered into three groups: one to focus on advertisers and publishers, another to focus on Yahoo!'s base of over 500 million users, and a third on technology and development. While Semel denies layoffs are in the future, there will be replacements in the upper echelon for the world's most popular website. The changes, the most extensive at Yahoo in more than five years, cap months of speculation about how it would respond to slowing sales growth, a slumping stock price, and a steady stream of executive departures in the past year."
Editorial

+ - Even The Blind Get Deja Vu

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zentropa
zentropa writes "Cosmos magazine is reporting that even the blind experience deja vu — backing the idea that it is caused by misfires in the brain's temporal lobe. They quote a British study where a blind man who feels like he has 'already seen' some unfamiliar situations. "Hearing and touch and smell often seem to intermingle in the déjà vu experiences," said the study subject, whose name has not been made public. "It is almost like photographic memory, without sight obviously ... as if I was encountering a mini-recording in my head, but trying to think 'Where have I come across that before?'.""

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