Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Medicine

+ - MIT Researchers Develop Broad-Spectrum Anti-Viral->

Submitted by kaliann
kaliann (1316559) writes "Researchers from MIT have cobbled together a chimerical protein called DRACO that causes virus-infected cells to self destruct. Cell defenses already recognize long double-stranded RNA, a form of genetic material not normally produced in mammals, but which is a starting or intermediate step for most viruses. Viruses have numerous mechanisms for evading detection, but this new technique directly couples the recognition of dsRNA to a domain that initiates cell death when crosslinked. This technique affects almost all viruses except, sadly, retroviruses, which don't have a dsRNA stage. Still, an impressive step in the fight against viral diseases; it has already shown to be effective against influenza, adenovirus, and several others in vitro, and effective in mice against influenza."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Amazing... (Score 0) 614

by ImYY4U (#37181734) Attached to: 5.8 Earthquake Hits East Coast of the US
I didn't think there were any fault line anywhere near Washington DC...so how could this Earthquake happen? Hmm...kind of coincidental how on Monday night there was a 5.3 magnitude earthquake that struck in southeast Colorado...

Also, why on Earth would they evacuate the Pentagon AFTER the earthquake? Does that make any sense at all?
Robotics

+ - Fukushima Robot Operator Writes Tell-All Diary->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "An anonymous robot operator at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant has kept a blog describing in candid detail his day-to-day life at the crippled facility, including robot training exercises and actual radiation-survey and clean-up missions. The blog was recently deleted, but some copies existed around the web and IEEE Spectrum has translated and published portions of it in English [http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/fukushima-robot-operator-diaries]. The blog shows that although the operators use remote-controlled robots, they have to work in areas of high radiation, using protective gear and shielded trucks. They also rely on a great deal of improvisation, and there have been a few incidents that put the robot missions at risk."
Link to Original Source
Robotics

+ - Libyan Rebels Are Flying Their Own Mini-Drone->

Submitted by suasfan22
suasfan22 (2288166) writes "The Libyan revolutionaries are more of a band of enthusiastic amateurs than experienced soldiers. But it turns out the rebels have the kind of weaponry usually possessed by advanced militaries: their very own drone.

Aeryon Labs, a Canadian defense firm, revealed on Tuesday that it had quietly provided the rebel forces with a teeny, tiny surveillance drone, called the Aeryon Scout. Small enough to fit into a backpack, the three-pound, four-rotor robot gave Libyan forces eyes in the sky independent of the Predators, Fire Scout surveillance copters and manned spy planes that NATO flew overhead. Don't worry, it's not armed."

Link to Original Source
Apple

+ - United Pilots To Use iPads For Navigation->

Submitted by bonch
bonch (38532) writes "Pilots of United and Continental will ditch flight manuals and charts in favor of 11,000 iPads containing the same data in app form. Replacing 38 pounds of paper materials, the iPads will run an app called Mobile FliteDeck from Jeppesen, a provider of software navigation tools. Alaska Airlines adopted iPads back in May. United estimates a savings of 326,000 gallons of fuel a year due to the lighter load."
Link to Original Source
Android

+ - Using tablets becoming popular bathroom activity->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "With the market flush with hot-selling tablet computers, it shouldn't bowl anyone over to learn that many users are taking the plunge and bringing their devices to the bathroom. According to a new survey published by Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples Inc., 35% of tablet users copped to using their iPad or other tablets while in the bathroom, while a whopping 78% of tablet users said they used their tablets while lying in bed. And in a data point sure to further damage techies' reputation for social skills, Staples Advantage also reported that 30% of tablet users said they used their tablets while at restaurants."
Link to Original Source
Apple

+ - What Happens if Apple Wins EU Tablet Dispute?->

Submitted by
pbahra
pbahra writes "What is the difference between an air freshener bottle and a tablet computer? Quite a lot, Apple will be hoping, when it returns to court in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Thursday 25 August trying to prove the Samsung Tab 10.1 is a copy of the iPad. The importance of the air freshener bottles is they were the focus of the first Community design case to go all the way through the appeals process. Proctor & Gamble claimed Reckitt Benckiser’s “Air Wick Odour Stop” copied the“Febreze Air Effects” canister. Much to the surprise of many intellectual property (IP) lawyers Procter & Gamble lost the case. “From that point on everybody looked at registered design and thought, it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on,” said Alexander Carter Silk, partner and head of the IP, technology and commercial team at law firm Speechly Bircham. So Apple appears to be the first major technology company to use European design law for litigation. But its victory would have wide repercussions."
Link to Original Source
Portables

Thinkpad X300 With SSD Performance Evaluation 133

Posted by Zonk
from the solid-gone-man dept.
Ninjakicks writes "Hard drives are typically one of the more significant performance bottlenecks in any system today. An evaluation of Lenovo's new ultra portable Thinkpad X300 notebook shows a fast solid state hard drive can substantially improve the performance of a system. This is especially true of a low-end, low power processor and integrated graphics, in addition to reducing overall power consumption. Despite its 1.2GHz CPU the Thinkpad X300 is actually able to outperform some desktop replacement notebooks equipped with dual 7200RPM hard drives in RAID 0 in productivity benchmarks, and in data transfers. Interesting results, especially considering the X300's ultra portable form factor."

Japan's Cyborg Research Enters the Skull 120

Posted by Zonk
from the datajack-is-just-around-the-corner dept.
RemyBR writes "Researchers at Osaka University are stepping up efforts to develop robotic body parts controlled by thought, by placing electrode sheets directly on the surface of the brain. The research marks Japan's first foray into invasive (i.e. requiring open-skull surgery) brain-machine interface research on human test subjects. The aim of the research is to develop real-time mind-controlled robotic limbs for the disabled. 'To date, the researchers have worked with four test subjects to record brain wave activity generated as they move their arms, elbows and fingers. Working with Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), the researchers have developed a method for analyzing the brain waves to determine the subject's intended activity to an accuracy of greater than 80%.'"
Moon

Growing Plants on the Moon May Be Feasible 254

Posted by Zonk
from the we-carry-a-harpoon dept.
Smivs writes "European scientists say that growing plants on the moon should be possible. Scientists in the Netherlands believe growing plants on our sister satellite would be useful as a tool to learn how life adapts to lunar conditions. It would also aid in understanding the challenges that might be faced by manned bases. 'The new step, taken in the experiments reported at the EGU, is to remove the need for bringing nutrients and soil from Earth. A team led by Natasha Kozyrovska and Iryna Zaetz from the National Academy of Sciences in Kiev planted marigolds in crushed anorthosite, a type of rock found on Earth which is very similar to much of the lunar surface. In neat anorthosite, the plants fared very badly. But adding different types of bacteria made them thrive; the bacteria appeared to draw elements from the rock that the plants needed, such as potassium.'"

US Army Furthers Development of Robotic Suits 233

Posted by Zonk
from the ellen-ripley-is-a-lesson-to-us-all dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The BBC reports on advancements in the US military's robotic exoskeleton program. It's being spearheaded by Sarcos, a research laboratory in Utah. The firm has designed the XOS exoskeleton for US Army use, a lightweight frame that gives the user greater strength and endurance. 'With the exoskeleton on and fully powered up, Rex can easily pull down weight of more than 90 kilos, more than he weighs. For the army the XOS could mean quicker supply lines, or fewer injuries when soldiers need to lift heavy weights or move objects around repeatedly. Initial models would be used as workhorses, on the logistics side. Later models, the army hopes, could go into combat, carrying heavier weapons, or even wounded colleagues.'"
Wireless Networking

Some 12% of Consumers 'Borrow' Unsecured Wi-Fi 469

Posted by Zonk
from the other-88-percent-are-lying dept.
alphadogg writes "Despite the fact that it's often considered an illegal act, a sizeable percentage of the UK/US internet-using population 'borrows' unsecured Wi-Fi access. This is according to a study conducted by the group Accenture. 'The Accenture study found that computer users are still engaging in some unsafe computing practices. Nearly half of all respondents said that they used the same password for all of their online accounts, and only a quarter of them have ever encrypted files on their computers.'" My guess is the actual figure is higher than that.

One small step for man, one giant stumble for mankind.

Working...