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Comment: Two quick projects: Data readers. (Score 1) 364

by Stridar (#28709977) Attached to: Low-Budget Electronics Projects For High School?

There are two projects I think are well suited for this purpose. A CC stripe reader or a SIM card reader. Both are very simple circuits, both require exactly one specialized piece of hardware (the SIM reader or the tape reader--and old cassette player head works fine). Both can provide data to the COM port to any computer, and need only very simple software to manipulate.

Television

+ - CBS to give Jericho a Second Chance

Submitted by TobyRush
TobyRush (957946) writes "After being deluged by e-mails, phone calls, and salty snacks, CBS has reconsidered its decision to cancel the apocolyptic serial drama 'Jericho'. Worthy of note is a point made by the series' executive producer, Carol Barbee, referencing the series' online episode availability:

"I really think that what has been learned here is that networks are going to have to look at numbers and who is watching their show and who is downloading their show in a different way from here on out. I think they have to understand that the Nielsens are not telling the story anymore and that the 18-49 demographic they're all so keen on is online and that's how increasingly they are getting their news and entertainment."
Better yet is CBS President Nina Tassler's postscript: 'Please stop sending us nuts.'"
PlayStation (Games)

+ - New Metal Gear Solid 4 Trailer

Submitted by
Adam Eliason
Adam Eliason writes "This one literally just came in — Konami has released a new trailer for Metal Gear Solid 4 and PlayFrance has the scoop. The trailer is similar to the E3 one released last year, but has a ton of additional content and has been remastered using the newest version of the MGS 4 engine, leading to a ton of little visual improvements. Animations, particle effects and over-all graphic fidelity have all definitely increased with this newest trailer — the scene where Old Snake puts the gun to his mouth, in particular, showcases some incredible lighting effects. It's great to see Konami hasn't been resting on their laurels, this new trailer shows a clear and marked improvement to a game that already looked amazing. The trailer ends with confirmation that the game will be coming out in 2007"
Biotech

+ - Teams mimic Stem cells using skin cells->

Submitted by JagsLive
JagsLive (1106379) writes "A Great Development in Stem Cell Research : In a leap forward for stem cell research, three independent teams of scientists reported Wednesday that they have produced the equivalent of embryonic stem cells in mice without the controversial destruction of embryos. They got ordinary skin cells to behave like stem cells. If the same could be done with human cells — a big if — the procedure could lead to breakthrough medical treatments without the contentious ethical and political debates surrounding the use of embryos. Experts were impressed by the achievement."
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