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Medicine

UK Surgeons Are the First To Operate In 3D 64

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-need-glasses-stat dept.
MrSeb writes "A team at Manchester Royal Infirmary hospital, England, claim to be the first surgeons to perform keyhole surgery using 3D cameras and monitors — and embarrassingly clunky spectacles. Furthermore, if that wasn't high-tech enough, the lead surgeon also used a hand-held robotic claw. 3D vision during surgery makes perfect sense: After all, your anatomy is three-dimensional, and when you're making minute incisions with a foot-long instrument, through an entry hole that's just an inch long, depth perception is obviously a huge boon. According to spokeswoman from the hospital, the 3D approach provides much better accuracy, 'therefore reducing the risks of muscle and nerve damage.' The same spokesperson also said that the 3D projection would reduce surgeon fatigue, presumably because trying to make sense of a 2D image for hours on end is incredibly strenuous."
Programming

Sorting Algorithms — Boring Until You Add Sound 118

Posted by Soulskill
from the bloop-bleep-bloop dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Anyone who's ever taken a programming course or tried to learn how to code out of a book will have come across sorting algorithms. Bubble, heap, merge — there's a long list of methods for sorting data. The subject matter is fairly dry. Thankfully, someone has found a way to not only make sorting more interesting, but easier to remember and understand, too."
Games

+ - Angry players lash out at CCP over bugs->

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An anonymous reader writes "A straight forward request from the creators of Eve Online (CCP) to their players to support a bid for best online game at the European Games Award quickly turned embarassing when an angry player base almost universally refused, often throwing support behind other games instead. Players of the beleagered game have been angered by the lack of progress made in squashing bugs that snuck into the last few expansions as well as a recent development blog saying that no developers will be free to work on reviewing existing content for at least 18 months."
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Comment: Re:Audio/Videophiles Beware (Score 5, Interesting) 397

by Taimoor (#30789652) Attached to: THX Caught With Pants Down Over Lexicon Blu-ray Player

I'm laughing my ass off. You don't seriously think the jitter caused by that miniscule difference in cable length will fool with anything designed to use twisted pair as an interconnect, do you?

We're not talking about memory busses running at several GHz, we're talking about relatively low-bandwidth interconnects between devices. And this is assuming that you're not encapsulating everything and just using ethernet signaling like everyone else in the pro audio world does.

Music

+ - EMI to go DRM-free tomorrow

Submitted by FreeBits
FreeBits (666) writes "EMI is planning to announce that it will begin selling much of its music catalog without DRM. Apple has reportedly signed on to sell DRM-free music through the iTunes Store, with Steve Jobs making an appearance at the announcement in London. The news comes less than two months after the first reports that EMI was seriously considering dropping DRM."
Security

+ - Digg.com Accounts Compromised

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "There is a cross-site scripting vulnerbility on the registration page of popular social networking site Digg.com. The hole allows cookies and sessions of logged-in users to be hijacked, compromising the account. The exploit can be triggered simply by a user clicking a maliciously-crafted link. A full explanation and sample exploit code is available here"
Bug

+ - World's most expensive train ticket?

Submitted by BeerCat
BeerCat (685972) writes "The UK National Rail site can search for journeys between different destinations, and will also display the likely fare. Unless, the journey is from Oxford to Hawarden (about 170 miles by road, according to Google Maps), travelling tomorrow from 08:00, in which case the fare will be £179,769,313,486,231,570,000,000,000,000,000,000,0 00,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,0 00,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,0 00,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,0 00,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ,000,000,000.00

The site even notes "We are sorry, but we couldn't find any First Class tickets available. You can try searching in different times or dates for available First Class tickets". Which is probably just as well."
Biotech

+ - The mystery of vitamin B12 finally solved

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "You probably think that scientists know everything about the common and essential vitamin B12, the only vitamin synthesized by soil microbes. In fact, one part of this biosynthesis has puzzled researchers for at least 50 years. But now, MIT and Harvard biologists have solved this vitamin puzzle by discovering that a single enzyme known as BluB synthesizes the vitamin. So what is the next challenge for the researchers? It's to discover why the soil microorganisms synthesize the vitamin B12 at all, because neither them — nor the plants they're attached to — need it to live. Read more for additional references and a picture of BluB."
Math

+ - Scientists solved huge theoretical problem

Submitted by BoredStiff
BoredStiff (637972) writes "The Weekend Edition of NPR Scientists have solved one of the toughest problems in mathematics, performing a calculation to figure out the symmetry of a 248-dimensional object known as the Lie group E8. The solution is so large that it would take days to download over a standard Internet connection. Lie groups were invented in the 19th century by the Norwegian mathematician Sophus Lie [pronounced LEE], to express the symmetry of three-dimensional objects like spheres, cones and cylinders."

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