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Submission + - Building will repair itself during an earthquake

Kate Seamer writes: A US$18.6 million "self-healing" house will be able to resist earthquakes by sealing cracks in its walls and monitoring seismic vibrations. The walls of the house contain nano-polymer particles designed to convert into liquid when under pressure, flow into cracks, and solidify. This would theoretically stabilize the structure after severe seismic trauma. Funded by the European Union, and using technology from Leed University's NanoManufacturing Institute, the house is to be constructed in Greece by 2010.

Submission + - Facebook wants to collect users' email passwords

ScottSCY writes: It seems that Facebook has added a new feature that allows users to find friends in their email address books who have accounts on Facebook. The only thing you have to do is provide them your email address (they take gmail, yahoo, msn, aol, and more) and your email account password. They will then retrieve your address book. Clearly this is a huge security issue, but don't worry, Facebook says "Facebook won't email anyone without your permission, and we won't store your email or password." Well that's a relief.

Sony Fixes Problems With New DVDs 210

An anonymous reader writes "Following up on reports that DVDs for some Sony titles were causing problems, Video Business is reporting that Sony has fixed the copy-protection problem on recent DVD releases, and will provide replacement discs to customers. The problem was with the ARccOS DRM system. The company issued the following statement: 'Recently, an update that was installed on approximately 20 titles was found to cause an incompatibility issue with a very small number of DVD players (Sony has received complaints on less than one thousandth of one percent of affected discs shipped)... Since then, the ARccOS system has once again been updated, and there are no longer any playability problems.' Customers can call 800-860-2878 to inquire about replacement discs."

Feed Hacking My Child's Brain (wired.com)

The father of a 6-year-old boy with sensory processing disorder is trying to reprogram his son's brain. By Mark Woodman. Also: Read the latest installment of Hacking My Child's Brain on Bodyhack.

Feed Dire Warnings on Global Warming (wired.com)

Extreme weather, drought and spreading disease are on the horizon if something isn't done to rein in the human impact on the environment, a new study says. By the Associated Press.


Submission + - Lost Tomb of Jesus

An anonymous reader writes: Haven't seen this on Slashdot yet, but the Discovery Channel is planning to air a documentary (with James Cameron as executive producer) called the Lost Tomb of Jesus (http://www.discovery.com/tomb). They claim some limestone ossuaries discovered in 1980 could have contained the remains of Jesus, his wife Mary Magdalene, their son Judah, and other family members.

The goal of science is to build better mousetraps. The goal of nature is to build better mice.