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Submission + - Congress Proposes Mandatory FM Radio In Gadgets (

Garrett Fox writes: Ars Technica reports a pending deal between the RIAA and Congress to "mandate that FM radio receivers be built into cell phones, PDAs, and other portable electronics". Not for any technological reason, but as a way to prop up broadcast radio. We already know Congress believes it has authority to do anything it wants...

Submission + - Frog Foam Photosynthesis (

Garrett Fox writes: University of Cincinnati researchers describe a method of getting photosynthesis from a high-surface-area foam containing enzymes that produce sugar using light and CO2. (Abstract). Oddly, the foam itself is derived from a species of frog. More interesting is that the technique doesn't use whole cells or apparently even chloroplasts. The researchers claim "chemical conversion efficiencies approaching 96%", as well as tolerance for deliberately high-CO2 environments.

Submission + - Australia Announces Net Censorship Legislation ( 1

Garrett Fox writes: Australia's ABC News reports that the country's Communication Minister, Stephen Conroy, is moving forward with plans for forced censorship of the Internet. He cites the recent test of ISP-level censorship as proof that it can work efficiently and effectively. "The Government believes that parents want assistance," and therefore must be forced to accept that help.

And on the seventh day, He exited from append mode.