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Special Molecule Gives Birds a Magnetic Biocompass 276

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the bio-magneto-driver dept.
Aaron Rowe writes "CORDIS news reports that a team of scientists has identified a family of molecules called cryptochromes that allow migratory birds to sense magnetic fields. Curiously enough, these molecules only function when accompanied by blue light. The article also mentions, 'The researchers also suggest that, as cryptochromes have been strongly conserved throughout evolution, all biological organisms could have the ability to detect magnetic fields, even if they do not use them.'"

Microsoft Claims OpenDocument is Too Slow 553

Posted by Zonk
from the compared-to-the-blazing-speed-of-.doc dept.
SirClicksalot writes "Microsoft claims that the OpenDocument Format (ODF) is too slow for easy use. They cite a study carried out by ZDNet.com that compared OpenOffice.org 2.0 with the XML formats in Microsoft Office 2003. This comes after the international standards body ISO approved ODF earlier this month." From the ZDNet article: "'The use of OpenDocument documents is slower to the point of not really being satisfactory,' Alan Yates, the general manager of Microsoft's information worker strategy, told ZDNet UK on Wednesday. 'The Open XML format is designed for performance. XML is fundamentally slower than binary formats so we have made sure that customers won't notice a big difference in performance.'"

Americans Gearing up to Fight Global Warming 1104

Posted by Zonk
from the war-on-melting-icecaps dept.
TechnoGuyRob writes "Global warming has been one of the most controversial and debated issues in the political and scientific sphere. A recent poll published in the Chicago Sun-Times now shows that 'An overwhelming majority of Americans think they can help reduce global warming and are willing to make the sacrifices that are needed, a new poll shows. After years of controversy, 71 percent of Americans now say they think global warming is real.'" (Jamie adds: and all it took was twelve years of overwhelming scientific consensus.)

DRM and the Myth of the Analog Hole 314

Posted by samzenpus
from the scuttle-the-screencap dept.
Art Grimm writes "Movie studios want to punish legitimate customers for legally purchasing content, while the real pirates go right on stealing. ZDNet's George Ou writes: "There seems to be a persistent myth floating around the board rooms of the movie companies and Congress that analog content is the boogie man of music and video piracy. In fact, they're so paranoid about it that they're considering a mechanism called ICT (Image Constraint Token) that punishes law-abiding customers for content that they legally purchased. But ironically, the real content pirates who make millions of bootleg movies have no intention of ever taking advantage of the so called "analog hole" because that is the slowest and lowest quality method of stealing content.""

WEP Cracking for Mac OS X 29

Posted by pudge
from the holiday-hacking dept.
Randar the Lava Liza writes "Finally there is a tool to put default Apple AirPort hardware into monitoring mode for wireless security analysis. KisMAC is a variant of Kismet that runs natively on Mac OS X. It requires a special driver to be installed to run the AirPort hardware in monitoring mode, and has built-in WEP cracking tools once enough weak packets have been sniffed."

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