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Submission + - Mobile phone causes medical equipment failure

fredrikv writes: Dutch researchers report that using mobile phones near critical care medical equipment is dangerous and could switch off ventilators or disrupt pacemakers. They tested 61 medical devices were with GSM (GPRS data transfer) and UMTS (3G) radio signals commonly used with mobile phones. In total, 48 incidents were reported with 26 of the devices and one third of the incidents were hazardous or significant. The distance from antenna to the medical device was only 3 cm but one incident happened on a distance of 3 m. So don't go wireless while visiting the intensive care unit.

Submission + - NASA mission to dig on Mars launched (

Onlyodin writes: The Phoenix Mars Lander blasted off before dawn, precisely on time, hurtling through the clear moonlit sky aboard an unmanned Delta rocket. The rocket looked as though it was heading straight for Mars, a bright reddish dot in the eastern sky.

Not quite six hours later, the Phoenix Mars Lander was already 365,000 miles from Earth and had settled into a cruising speed of more than 12,000 mph. Everything seemed to be working fine, mission officials said. The Phoenix should arrive at mars in roughly 9 months. Only 5 of the 15 missions sent to mars have successfully landed so far, but what's a $460-million mission between friends?

The Phoenix Mars Lander won't be looking for evidence of life on Mars but rather traces of organic compounds in the baked and moistened samples, which would be a possible indicator of conditions favorable for life, either now or once upon a time. If organic compounds are present on Mars, they're more likely to have been preserved in ice. That's why NASA is aiming for the planet's high northern latitudes, where ice is almost certainly lurking just beneath the surface, under as little as 6 inches of soil.


Automatix 'Actively Dangerous' to Ubuntu 284

exeme writes "Ubuntu developer Matthew Garrett has recently analyzed famed Ubuntu illegal software installer Automatix, and found it to be actively dangerous to Ubuntu desktop systems. In a detailed report which only took Garrett a couple of hours he found many serious, show-stopper bugs and concluded that Ubuntu could not officially support Automatix in its current state. Garrett also goes on to say that simple Debian packages could provide all of the functionality of Automatix without any of the problems it exhibits."

Feed Science Daily: Anorexia Nervosa: More Common And Transient Than Previously Thought (

Anorexia nervosa is a disorder with a grim reputation -- even experts say that it is often devastatingly chronic and carries high mortality rates. However, the first nationwide outcome study, recently conducted in Finland, uncovers a completely different side to anorexia: It is common, often severe, but highly transient illness. Up to 70 percent of women with anorexia recover before age 30.

Feed Science Daily: Beyond Mesopotamia: A New View Of The Dawn Of Civilization (

A radically expanded view of the origin of civilization, extending far beyond Mesopotamia is being proposed. Mesopotamia is widely believed to be the cradle of civilization, but a growing body of evidence suggests that in addition to Mesopotamia, many civilized urban areas existed at the same time -- about 5,000 years ago -- in an arc that extended from Mesopotamia east for thousands of kilometers across to the areas of modern India and Pakistan,

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe