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Submission + - HP unveils webOS tablet, plans webOS computer->

jfruhlinger writes: As had been expected, Hewlett-Packard unveiled new webOS-based smartphones and a webOS tablet today. But in a bit of a shock, the company also announced that webOS would be coming to HP PCs. Whether this is happening in specialized products only or HP plans a wholesale repudiation of Windows, it's definitely a bold move.
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Submission + - A Glance at The Future Sea Travel->

future.nerd writes: Technology is the name of ever ending story and it always has something new in store for us. We all are worried about the fuel crisis that we may have to face in the not too distant future but it has not sucked out the innovation from the creative minds. Though the fuel will be rare in 10 to 15 years from now but the alternate energy resources will always be there.
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Hardware Hacking

Submission + - iPhone SIM unlocked

frdmfghtr writes: The iPhone has been unlocked. According to a story at Engadget, the unlocking takes a few minutes, is restore-resistent, and activates several other neat little features (like selecting a particular carrier). Wireless Internet access worked, SMS worked, email worked, Google Maps worked...the iPhone is free of AT&T exclusivity.
Space

Submission + - New Theory Explains Periodic Mass Extinctions

i_like_spam writes: The theory that the dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid impact, the K-T extinction, is well known and supported by fossil and geological evidence. Asteroid impact theory does not apply to the other fluctuations in biodiversity, however, which follow an approximate 62 million-year cycle. As reported in Science news, a new theory seems to explain periodic mass extinctions. The new theory found that oscillations in the Sun relative to the plane of the Milky Way correlate with changes in biodiversity on Earth. The researchers suggest that an increase in the exposure of Earth to extragalatic cosmic rays causes mass extinctions. Here is the original paper describing the finding.
Software

Submission + - Microsoft delays Office 2008 for Mac until mid-Jan->

i_hate_robots writes: AppleInsider is reporting that Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) said Thursday that the release of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac has been pushed back from the second half of 2007 until mid-January. The Redmond-based firm now anticipates showing a final version of the software at the Macworld trade show and conference in January, with global availability to commence in the first quarter of 2008. "This was a business decision based on the Mac BU's commitment to deliver a high-quality product," said Mac BU General Manager Craig Eisler. "Our number one priority is to deliver quality software to our customers and partners, and in order to achieve this we are shifting availability."
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Comment Re:Seems like cheating (Score 1) 185 185

No - if you read the actual Science article you'll notice that they only used the loxP-LTR fusion as a starting poitn to evolve an enzyme they dubbed 'Tre' which can recognize HIV LTRs. They wind up demonstrating that it can excise HIV from a genome. Seriously, CRE recombination has been around for decades. If they had simply shown that CRE can excise an HIV genome flanked by lox sites, it wouldn't have been in Science.

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