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Science

+ - Italian Environment Minister concedes it's impossible to predict earthquake->

Smartcowboy writes: Italian Environment Minister Corrado Clini said Monday he hoped judges would overturn last week's guilty ruling against a group of scientists for manslaughter in connection with the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake that killed more than 300 people.
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Portables (Apple)

+ - Apple unveils iPad Mini-> 1 1

Smartcowboy writes: Apple unveiled a new iPad Mini today, positioned between the iPhone and the iPad, aimed directly at competition from Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus machines and with a price to match. The iPad Mini is paired with a new "fourth generation" iPad in the existing size, featuring internal upgrades and external connectors. Apple also unveiled a newly redesigned 13-inch MacBook Pro on Tuesday with a high-density "Retina" display, priced at $1,699 with eight gigbytes of random access memory. As well, the company showed a thinner, redesigned desktop iMac computer — which Schiller described as the company's flagship — and an upgraded low-end "Mac Mini".
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BSD

+ - DragonFlyBSD now as powerful as Linux-> 2 2

Smartcowboy writes: The next version of DragonFlyBSD is expected before november. Benchmarks coming out of the BSD camp are showing that the soon-to-be-released DragonFlyBSD 3.2 is almost as fast as Scientific Linux (RHEL) 6.2 in at least one real-world workload, namely, PostgreSQL 9.3 mmap performance.

As most people know, Matthew Dillon forked DragonFlyBSD from FreeBSD in 2003.

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Science

+ - Future reproduction reminescent of Huxley's Brave New World->

Smartcowboy writes: This short documentary predict a future for human reproduction reminescent of famous novel "Brave New World". Once a staple of science fiction, artificial wombs are already a reality — not yet with humans but with sharks. Follows a discussion about why carrying a baby outside a mother’s body may be a good thing. Finally, the first uterus transplant as been completed as two Swedish women could be able to give birth using the wombs in which they were carried.
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Science

+ - Italian scientists jailed for manslaughter over failing to predict earthquake->

Smartcowboy writes: Defying assertions that earthquakes cannot be predicted, an Italian court convicted seven scientists and experts of manslaughter Monday for failing to adequately warn residents before a temblor struck central Italy in 2009 and killed more than 300 people. The court in L'Aquila also sentenced the defendants to six years each in prison. All are members of the national Great Risks Commission, and several are prominent scientists or geological and disaster experts. Scientists had decried the trial as ridiculous, contending that science has no reliable way of predicting earthquakes. So news of the verdict shook the tightknit community of earthquake experts worldwide. Slashdot had previous report on this story.
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Idle

+ - On the science of lightsaber

Smartcowboy writes: Chances are that you have seen a lightsaber at one time or another, whether on the evening news or down at the local cantina. Therefore you know that a lightsaber is an amazing and versatile device that is able to cut through nearly anything in a matter of milliseconds. Have you ever wondered how these remarkable weapons work? Where does the energy come from, and how are they able to contain that energy in a rod-like column of glowing power? In this article, you will have a chance to look inside a lightsaber and discover the source of its incredible characteristics.

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