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+ - New Mineral Reserves In Afghanistan-> 1

Submitted by shriphani
shriphani (1174497) writes "From the article: "The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials."
This of course comes with its problems. Afghanistan, with its highly illiterate and impoverished population, might be a victim of a resource curse, where wealth in natural resources leads to bad socio-economic situations like ethnic violence, authoritarian regimes and so on. It will of course be highly interesting to see how the US government now views the Afghan war. On one hand, it is imperative that the Taliban doesn't regain control and on the other, it is hard to justify being responsible for the development of a state that has $ 1 Tr. in mineral reserves."

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Power

Can Transistors Be Made To Work When They're Off? 89

Posted by timothy
from the off-on-what's-the-difference dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Engineers at the Belgian research institute IMEC are looking at the use of silicon transistors in the sub-threshold region of their operation as a way of pursuing ultra-low power goals. A chip the engineers are designing for biomedical applications could have blocks designed to operate at 0.2 or 0.3 volts, researchers said, according to EE Times. The threshold voltage is the point at which the transistor nominally switches off. Operating a transistor when it is 'off' would make use of the leakage conduction that is normally seen as wasted energy, according to the article."

Comment: Re:conundrum (Score 1) 464

by Jace of Fuse! (#30624544) Attached to: Man Tracked Down and Arrested Via <em>WoW</em>

If you think the police don't care that much then you must not know how they can take everything you own over simply having an immature plant in your home. Dealing or not dealing, if you're manufacturing they will probably own you and all of your possessions.

What's worse is they will also take your WoW account, shard all of your purples, and sell all of your gold for money to fund their War on Weedcraft.

Idle

Student Killed By Exploding Gum 10

Posted by samzenpus
from the last-chew dept.
A 25-year-old Ukrainian student, who had a habit of dipping his chewing gum in citric acid, died when the gum he was chewing exploded. An examination of the gum showed that it was covered in an explosive substance. Officers found citric acid packets and a substance which looked similar, believed to be some kind of explosive material, on a table near the young man. It is suspected that the student forgot which packet was which.
Displays

+ - Tangible display makes 3D touchable 2

Submitted by moon_monkey
moon_monkey (323491) writes "Researchers in Japan have developed a display that makes 3D objects solid enough to grasp. The system, created by engineers at Japan's NTT, combines a 3D display with a haptic glove, making 3D items that look real but also feel solid to touch. Two cameras are used to image an object, to make the 3D image. A computer also uses this to render a solid representation. It could be used to inspect products remotely, or even to shake hands with someone on the other side of the world, the researchers say"
Media

+ - Thousands of rubber ducks to finally end journey->

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Bert de Jong
Bert de Jong writes "From the I-WANT-one-of-those! dept. The Daily Mail writes to report that thousands of rubber ducks who have traveled the seas of the world since 1992 are about to end their journey. After escaping out of a container fallen off a Chinese freight ship in a storm, scientists have followed them which turned out to be an invaluable source of information for studying ocean currents. Now it seems inevitable though that they will finally land on the shores of South-West England. Expect to see high bids on E-Bay soon, and beware of phoney ones!"
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