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+ - Cheap Drug To Reduce Trauma Mortality By 10%->

Submitted by Kilrah_il
Kilrah_il (1692978) writes "Uncontrolled bleeding is one of the leading causes of death following trauma. Tranexemic Acid (TXA), an old drug used by dentists for years to stop bleeding from gums and following tooth extraction, has been found in a new study to lower mortality rates in trauma victims by 10%: "Researchers carried out a trial involving more than 20,000 adult patients in 274 hospitals across 40 countries...
The researchers studied the numbers of deaths in hospitals within four weeks of injury. They discovered that TXA reduced the risk of death by any cause by 10% compared with those who received the placebo; 14.5% of patients in the TXA group died compared with 16% in the placebo group."
Since TXA is not encoumbered by patents, it could prove a cheap treatment to lower death rates from trauma, especially in developing countries."

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+ - US experiment hints at 'multiple God particles'-> 1

Submitted by krou
krou (1027572) writes "Recent results from the Dzero experiment at the Tevatron particle accelerator suggest that those looking for a single Higgs boson particle should, in fact, be looking for five particles, and the data gathered may point to new laws beyond the Standard Model. 'The DZero results showed much more significant "asymmetry" of matter and anti-matter — beyond what could be explained by the Standard Model. Bogdan Dobrescu, Adam Martin and Patrick J Fox from Fermilab say this large asymmetry effect can be accounted for by the existence of multiple Higgs bosons. They say the data point to five Higgs bosons with similar masses but different electric charges. Three would have a neutral charge and one each would have a negative and positive electric charge. This is known as the two-Higgs doublet model.'"
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+ - FAA under pressure to open US skies to drones->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure's on to allow them in the skies over the United States."

The article describes some logistic issues of UAVs sharing the air with manned craft, from aircraft to hot-air balloons. Conspicuously absent is any mention of the danger to personal privacy and civil liberties such wide-spread use of automated surveillance would bring."

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+ - OpenCL 1.1 Fully Backwards Compatible - Linux Maga->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Khronos Group announces new features and enhanced performance for the parallel programming standard. OpenCL 1.1 boasts several new features including memory object destructor callbacks, mirrored repeat adressing mode and the sharing of images and buffers by linking OpenCL events object to OpenGL fence sync object. I have no idea what I just said."
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+ - Pentagon hunts Wikileaks founder Julian Assange->

Submitted by clustro
clustro (1811836) writes "The Pentagon is desperately seeking the "cooperation" of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in order to stop him from releasing over 250,000 pages of confidential foreign policy documents. The documents were allegedly provided to Assange by Bradley Manning, the same solider who leaked a video showing a US Army helicopter killing unarmed civilians and international press correspondents. (http://www.collateralmurder.com/)."
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+ - Comparing Open Source Neural Network Frameworks->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Encog, Neuroph, and JOONE are the primary open source Java neural networks frameworks. In this article the author benchmarks them and gives some guidance to choosing the most suitable one. Encog, with its GPU acceleration and multi-core support is the fastest of the bunch."
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+ - Samsung Wave S8500 Has Same ARM Chip as Apple iPad->

Submitted by Stoobalou
Stoobalou (1774024) writes "Analyst group UBM TechInsights has discovered that the Samsung Wave S8500 phone will sport the same ARM chip as the iPad.

The processor in question is the 1GHz ARM Cortex A8. This core is based on ARM architecture and is aimed at low-power mobile gizmos that operate at less than 300mW."

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+ - GlobalFoundries Keeps Lid on Malta Chip Fab Deal->

Submitted by Stoobalou
Stoobalou (1774024) writes "GlobalFoundries has asked Malta's government to withhold details of a taxpayer-funded deal to build a chip fab on the island.

The chip maker is to receive $650 million in public funds towards the $4.2 billion project, and must submit the invoices every quarter to have its building costs reimbursed."

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+ - Algae-Powered Lamp Converts CO2 Into Light->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Designer Mike Thompson has created a remarkable living lamp that is powered by algae. The lamp is made possible thanks to a recent discovery made by researchers at the universities of Yansei and Stanford. The researchers found that a tiny electrical current can be extracted from algae during photosynthesis. The Latro Lamp derives energy from an algae chamber that requires just sunlight, CO2, and water to operate. Stick the lamp outside, breathe into it, and voila, you’ve created your own bio battery-powered living lamp."
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+ - FTC floats "Drudge" tax->

Submitted by Pharmboy
Pharmboy (216950) writes "The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking ways to "reinvent" journalism. According to a May 24 draft proposal, the agency thinks government should be at the center of a media overhaul. In short, the FTC wants to create a new tax for websites like Slashdot, The Drudge Report, Fark and others, and redistribute the funds to "mainstream" news agencies, partially to create an incentive "to encourage people to keep reading the dead-tree version of the news". This would be done with "copyright licenses". Rather than having faith in the capitalistic system, it would appear the FTC bureaucracy wants to declare freedom of the press as irrevocably broken, and insert their own controls, thus empowering Congress to decide who gets what funds. While some news agencies would welcome this new source of income, can we actually afford to have a press that is partially funded by the government?"
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+ - China Explains Internet Situation in Whitepaper->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "In a new whitepaper, China has declared the Internet to be 'the crystallization of human wisdom' and officially issued what appears to be a a defense of its policies on web censorship while at the same time making contradicting statements like "Chinese citizens fully enjoy freedom of speech on the Internet" and (in the same paper) "Laws and regulations clearly prohibit the spread of information that contains content subverting state power, undermining national unity [or] infringing upon national honour and interests." The paper also claims some interesting — if not humorous — superlatives like "China is one of the countries suffering most from hacking." On the positive side, this thirty one page document might be offered as an operating guide for businesses like Google looking to understand exactly what the law is surrounding the Internet in China. Clearly contradictions arise when one reads this text but it's a rare glimpse of transparency in China's regulations."
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+ - BIOS Will Be Dead In Three Years-> 2

Submitted by Stoobalou
Stoobalou (1774024) writes "MSI says that it's planning a big shift towards UEFI at the end of 2010, possibly spelling the end of the BIOS as we know it.

It's the one major part of the computer that's still reminiscent of the PC's primordial, text-based beginnings, but the familiarly-clunky BIOS could soon be on its deathbed, according to MSI. The motherboard maker says it's now making a big shift towards point and click UEFI systems, and it's all going to kick off at the end of this year.

Speaking to Thinq, a spokesperson for the company in Taiwan who wished to remain anonymous said that "MSI will start to phase in UEFI starting from the end of this year, and we expect it will be widely adopted after three years.""

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+ - Finding Doctors with Electronic Records

Submitted by fsterman
fsterman (519061) writes "I bit into a cookie last night and a spike of pain shot through my jaw- I need to find a dentist! I just moved to town and I need a new one. I found a wonderful family doctor who uses electronic record keeping; it's amazing to have a doctor that can do a keyword search through your records or send electronic prescriptions to the pharmacy so they are ready for pickup. But finding him was a happy accident, doctors rarely advertise and I can't find any directory of techno-savvy doctors.

I was hoping some Slashdotters might have suggestions on how to find a doctor with electronic record keeping. Make it quick- my molars really hurt!"

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.