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Submission + - The social network is a hoax ( 1

yaoziyuan writes: "Imagine if the first telephone company in America, Bell Telephone Company, blocked telephone calls from other new telephone companies. Would the definition of "telephone company" be the same as it is today?

This is what is happening to today's "social networks": Users of different social networks (Facebook, Twitter, G+) can't share updates with each other unless they manually find and install 3rd party "sync tools", which is prohibitively hard for the average user.

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Submission + - Silkworms produce fluorescent, coloured silk (

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers in Singapore have fed fluorescent dyes to silkworms in the last 4 days of their larval stage and the silkworms have spun fluorescent, coloured silk. This negates the need for manual dyeing and paves the way for other compounds to be fed to silkworms to become additives in silk.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long