MarkWhittington writes: NASA's New Horizons has returned a stunning series of images of Pluto, the dwarf planet that resides on the edge of the solar system, revealing a strange new world of ice mountains and glaciers of frozen nitrogen. NASA released images of Pluto’s largest moon. Charon. Scientists expected a plain ball of rock pockmarked with craters. What they saw was anything but plain and monotonous.
schwit1 writes: Ian Lipkin, a virus hunter from Columbia University, recently received a blood sample from colleagues at the National Institutes of Health. They came from a man who had received a bone-marrow transplant and had fallen mysteriously ill, with evidence of severely inflamed blood vessels. In analyzing a similar case a few years back, Lipkin had discovered a new polyomavirus, part of a family that can cause disease in people with compromised immune systems. Perhaps this new case would yield another new virus.
It didn't. Instead, when Lipkin's team ran the sample through a system that they had devised to detect human viruses, they found that the man was infected with dengue virus. In hindsight, that made sense-he had recently returned from Vietnam, where dengue is prevalent. But the thing is: The team wasn't looking for dengue virus.
"It wasn't what we anticipated, but we didn't have to make a priori decisions about what we planned to find," Lipkin says. "When people analyze samples from people who are ill, they have some idea in mind. This is probably an enterovirus, or maybe it's a herpesvirues. They then do a specific assay for that particular agent. They don't usually have the capacity to look broadly."
The new system, known as VirCapSeq-VERT, barrels past this limitation. Lipkin, together with fellow Columbia professors Thomas Briese and Amit Kapoor, designed it to detect all known human viruses, quickly, efficiently, and sensitively. By searching for thousands, perhaps millions, of viruses at once, it should take a lot of the (educated) guesswork out of viral diagnosis.
Rebecka writes: A bell decorated with Adolf Hitler’s name, swastikas and all, has rung throughout Austria for over 80 years, but has only recently become a source of controversy. While the Nazi-endorsing bell has called the village of Wolfpassing home since Hitler's annexation in 1939, its existence was only recently recognized by Austria officials after recently selling a castle which houses the artifact.
The artifact deemed "Fuhrer Bell" and “Fuhrer Glocke,” was a secret according to allegations from Wolfpassing Mayor Josef Sonnleitner. A local historian, Johannes Kammestaetter, stated otherwise, claiming residents were fully aware of presence. While some are hoping the bell will become an historical monument, others are calling for its immediate removal. “I think the best thing would be if the bell disappeared and was buried somewhere," said senior official of Vienna’s Jewish community, Raimund Fastenbauer.
sciencehabit writes: The renovation of an office for Lynda Chin, the wife of the president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Ronald DePinho, may have cost as much as $2 million, according to an analysis by a Washington, D.C., investigative newsletter. The do-over included designer furniture and required many exceptions from university building rules for features such as glass walls. The renovation was paid for by the center's capital accounts, which come from investment income, gifts, and patient revenue, MD Anderson officials told the newsletter. Just last week, DePinho announced that because of financial pressures, MD Anderson is freezing staff salaries and postponing some capital projects.
WHAT??? this guy's cranium is so far up his final sphincter I'm surprised he can still breathe. He lost me at "lesser of two evils". With 80 million subscribers, "Blackberry and RIM, previously the enterprise mobile weapons of choice, disappeared from meeting rooms, airport terminals and business vernacular" doesn't quite paint a true picture.
Minion of Eris writes: According to a press release found today on CrackBerry:
Microsoft Corp. announced today that Microsoft and Research In Motion (RIM) have signed a patent licensing agreement that gives RIM broad access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) for certain BlackBerry® devices of RIM. exFAT is a modern file system from Microsoft that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and other electronic devices.
(plagiarized blatantly from Wikipedia): Recently, Fars News Agency released an interview with Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in which he wants a strategic alliance with Iran. Both the competing Iranian news agency Irna and the Egyption news agency Mena dispute the authenticity of this interview.  In Iran, due to the fiction stories, Fars News is als called jokingly False News. E.g. in the past it reported on a common military exercise between Russia and China. They also broadcast a fictive interview with former president of the international atomic agency Mohamed ElBaradei.
It trust this more if it was backed up by Al Jazeera and/or a couple of other sources.
Yes, it would be. They have a legal sanction to be invasive pricks. An excessive force charge may be applicable, but I think your chances of a successful prosecution are about the same as an Abu Graib inmate charging a guard.
There is a long standing bug with Crysis 2 1.9 patch (the one you need for DX 11 and HD add-on content), that breaks the ability to load saved games. This is particularly true for folks using Windows 7 64 bit.
Am I the only one that finds it a little shady that they gave up support of 2 in less than a year, never fixed the broken patch, and now expect people to pay another $50-60 for part 3?