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+ - Researchers Clone Cells from Two Adult Men (stem cells)->

Submitted by Trax3001BBS
Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes ""Lanza’s group used caffeine to prevent the fused egg from dividing prematurely. Rather than leaving the egg with its newly introduced DNA for 30 minutes before activating the dividing stage, they let the eggs rest for about two hours. This gave the DNA enough time to acclimate to its new environment and interact with the egg’s development factors, which erased each of the donor cell’s existing history and reprogrammed it to act like a brand new cell in an embryo."

Stem cells is my take on this feat."

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+ - Damming news from Washington State->

Submitted by Trax3001BBS
Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "Wanapum Dam has been found with a 65-foot (20 meter) crack. Water levels are being lowered to both reduce water pressure and give the inspectors access to the area.


"Earlier this week, an engineer noticed a slight irregular “bowing” above the spillway gates near where cars can drive across the dam.
When divers finally took a look under water they found a 2-inch-wide crack that stretched for 65 feet along the base of one of the dam’s spillway piers...

The artilcle goes on to say

"Even if the dam doesn’t fail, the significance of the damage is likely to require extensive repairs and that, too, could impact the entire Columbia River system.
“All these dams coordinate to generate energy on a regional scope,” Stedwick said. “If Wanapum is impacted, that has impacts on dams up stream as well as below.”

Up stream dams would be required to handle more water, the lower Dams means just one (Priest rapids Dam); after that is the last free flowing section of the Columbia river. Daily walks along that section I've seen it deviate (higher or lower) by amazing amount of water; it can handle it.
On top of this situation you have a large group of people that would like that particular Dam removed as well as the one above and below it (think of the fish!) http://www.npr.org/2013/05/15/..., after Priest rapids dam (down stream from Wanapum Dam) is the Hanford Nuclear Reservation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H... once the site for Plutonium production area. Either of which stand to get a lot of press from this.
Personally I'd like to give the engineer that noticed a slight irregular “bowing” and atta boy."

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+ - Dear Asus router user: All your Cloud are belong to us->

Submitted by Trax3001BBS
Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "ARS is running an article about a vulnerability of ASUS routers that are becoming very popular at the moment -like connected USB devices being open to the world.

According to Lovett, the weakness affects a variety of Asus router models, including the RT-AC66R, RT-AC66U, RT-N66R, RT-N66U, RT-AC56U, RT-N56R, RT-N56U, RT-N14U, RT-N16, and RT-N16R..a when using AiCloud or FTP

-and this old news, come new again-
I have the AC66U router, but with the Asuswrt Merlin ROM http://www.lostrealm.ca/tower/... that took care of this vulnerability long ago. (Number 17) http://blog.ittoby.com/2013/01..."

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+ - Voyager 1 Has Left the Solar System->

Submitted by Trax3001BBS
Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "Last year on July 27, 2012.

  The delayed announcement? Voyager 1 observed no change in the direction of the magnetic field, as had been expected.
"According to conventional wisdom, we'll know we've passed through this mysterious boundary when we stop seeing solar particles and start seeing galactic particles, and we also detect a change in the prevailing direction of the local magnetic field. ""

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+ - Light Bursts out of a Flying Mirror

Submitted by Trax3001BBS
Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes "You know the old question of the photon traveling at close to the speed of light passing near a black hole; how much speed will it acquire from the a gravity assist?

The answer I'm fine with is the photon ejects a gamma wave and maintains it's original speed.

How about the reflection from a mirror moving close to the speed of light. The reflection will pick momentum from the speed of the mirror.

Albert Einstein stating that the reflection from a mirror moving close to the speed of light could in principle result in bright light pulses in the short wavelength range

A team of physicists from the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics(MPQ) in Garching...created such a mirror in a recent experiment."The scientists used an intense laser pulse to accelerate a dense sheet of electrons from a nanometre-thin foil to close to the speed of light and reflected a counter-propagating laser pulse from this relativistic mirror.instead of moving faster (photons already travel at the speed of light),the reflected light is shifted in its frequency.

In the experiment, the incredibly high velocity of the electron mirror gave rise to a change in frequency upon reflection from the near infrared to the extreme ultraviolet up to a wavelength of 60 to 80 nanometre.

Moreoever (sic), the time duration of the reflected pulses was on the order of a few hundred attoseconds only (one attosecond is a billionth of a billionth of a second).

This experiment not only supports Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity, but attosecond pulses of light would allow the electron motion in atoms to be resolved,"

Source http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130423134142.htm"

+ - "Geckskin," a device that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall 1

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Trax3001BBS
Trax3001BBS writes ""For years, biologists have been amazed by the power of gecko feet, which let these 5-ounce lizards produce an adhesive force roughly equivalent to carrying nine pounds up a wall without slipping. Now, a team of polymer scientists and a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered exactly how the gecko does it, leading them to invent "Geckskin," a device that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall"

Source http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/newsreleases/articles/146885.php

"Previous efforts to synthesize the tremendous adhesive power of gecko feet and pads were based on the qualities
of microscopic hairs on their toes called setae"

http://science.slashdot.org/story/11/11/07/1615221/gecko-inspired-tape-can-be-reused-thousands-of-times
http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/10/08/29/0019240/gecko-inspired-robot-climbs-walls-at-stanford
http://tech.slashdot.org/story/03/06/01/208205/gecko-feet-inspire-sticky-tape
http://science.slashdot.org/story/06/12/11/0430240/scientists-developing-commercially-viable-synthetic-gecko
To list a few."

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