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+ - Long-Lasting, Water-Based Nuclear Battery Developed->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Researchers working at the University of Missouri (MU) claim to have produced a prototype of a nuclear-powered, water-based battery that is said to be both longer-lasting and more efficient than current battery technologies and may eventually be used as a dependable power supply in vehicles, spacecraft, and other applications where longevity, reliability, and efficiency are paramount."
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Comment: Re:DNA? (Score 1) 221

by LeadSongDog (#47918475) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

What if instead of sterilization we pass laws saying that if you knowingly and willingly pass defective genes on to your kid, you'll get prosecuted just as though you'd harmed them through abuse. For example, if a couple knew they were both carriers of the cystic fibrosis gene, they had a kid anyway, the kid had CF, and died at age 20, they would go to jail for murder.

captcha = "condom"

That would certainly discourage people from getting tested...

Comment: Re: Rule of thumb (Score 1) 122

by LeadSongDog (#47784229) Attached to: No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

(cut a slot; now it's a flat head screw).

Exactly what I did when my (name and shame) Shopvac stopped. Once I got past the "security" barrier, as usual, the last facade of quality fell away and the crap that it truly was stood exposed. I was astounded that this thing hadn't spontaneously burst into flames: the motor windings were exposed to sawdust! I replaced it with a different brand, but of course I'd be deluding myself to think it's really any better.

+ - Is the next supermaterial hiding in your refrigerator?->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "That gooey substance that clings to an eggshell after it’s been cracked—called an eggshell membrane—may be too valuable to just toss in the trash. Instead, it can be used for a variety of industrial and medical applications, according to a new study. Under the lens of a scanning electron microscope, the membrane contains a network of more than 62 types of proteins, which can be used to precipitate gold from a solution, craft aluminum nanowires to form semiconductors, or soak up dyes or heavy metals from contaminated water, according to researchers. By attaching compounds to the eggshell membrane, researchers have created biosensors that can detect glucose, dopamine, or urea concentrations in human blood. The membranes can also be ground into a powder that a Missouri company markets to treat joint disorders."
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+ - Google Lowers Search Ranking of Websites That Don't Use Encryption->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Google is taking Internet security into its own hands, punishing sites that don't use encryption by giving them lower search rankings. The use of https is now one of the signals, like whether a Web page has unique content, that Google uses to determine where a site will appear in search rankings, although it will be a 'lightweight' signal and applies to about 1 percent of search queries now, wrote Zineb Ait Bahajji and Gary Illyes, both Google webmaster trends analysts, in a blog post."
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Comment: Clunky? (Score 1) 1

That rather depends on the two factors chosen. Biometrics can be pretty slick, especially for devices with user-facing cameras. Plus, if you do it right, they can protect against coerced logins (elevated pulse/respiration can be a sign of stress). Of course, if you do it wrong it will seem big-brotherish, spooky and invasive. You have to be able to trust your users with an open implementation.

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." -- Karl, as he stepped behind the computer to reboot it, during a FAT