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Submission + - Antioxidants May Not Slow Aging (

Wandering Wombat writes: "In what has to be a devastating shock to the cosmetics world, a research team from University College London said, in the Genes and Development journal, there was "no clear evidence they could slow ageing," despite the unproven 1956 theory that they do. Dr Gems said: "The fact is that we don't understand much about the fundamental mechanisms of ageing — the free radical theory has filled a knowledge vacuum for over 50 years now, but it doesn't stand up to the evidence. It is clear that if superoxide is involved, it plays only a small part in the story — oxidative damage is clearly not a universal, major driver of the ageing process.""

Submission + - Chemical Nano-Brain (

Wandering Wombat writes: "A tiny chemical "brain" which could one day act as a remote control for swarms of nano-machines has been invented. The molecular device — just two billionths of a metre across — was able to control eight of the microscopic machines simultaneously in a test. One day they may be able to guide the nanobots through the body and control their functions, he said. "That kind of device simply did not exist; this is the first time we have created a nano-brain," he told BBC News. The machine is made from 17 molecules of the chemical duroquinone. Each one is known as a "logic device"."
The Internet

Submission + - Bush Desperate for Retroactive Telecom Immunity (

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "President Bush recently held a news conference demanding that Congress hurry up and pass a FISA bill that gives telecoms retroactive immunity for their crimes, claiming that 'their assistance was legal and vital to national security'. Without legal authorization to continue, 'we cannot protect our country from terrorist attack'. He also vowed to continue speaking on the matter until the American people understand. Sen. Kennedy replied that 'Adhering to the rule of law would not "aid our enemies" — it would uphold the very principles we are fighting for.'"

Submission + - Drought-Proof Crops On The Way? ( 1

Wandering Wombat writes: "Some scientists are closer to getting plants, particularly crops, to survive droughts. FTA:

Researchers in Finland and the United States say they have discovered a gene that controls the amount of carbon dioxide a plant absorbs. It also controls the amount of water vapour it releases into the atmosphere. This information could be important for food production and in regulating climate change. In extremely dry weather, a plant can lose 95% of its water in this way.
Is anyone else worried that telling plants to suddenly stop absorbing as much C02 might just be a bad thing?"


Submission + - How Water is Becoming the Next Coveted Commodity (

tringtring writes: "Traditionally, water bills have been ridiculously low in Canada, representing a fraction of a family's monthly expenses. But as municipalities struggle to fix crumbling pipes and waste-water facilities, cheap water is becoming a thing of the past. For consumers, that means another assault on the pocketbook. For engineering firms and investors, it's a brave new world of opportunities, from reconstructing old treatment systems to construction of new residential subdivisions & desalination plants."

Submission + - "Noah's Ark" of seeds opens in Norway (

Matt Blevins writes: "The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened on Tuesday. Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Kenyan environmentalist and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Wangari Maathai carried the first samples into the vault during the opening ceremony, which included a performance by a choir of Norwegian construction workers that helped build the vault.

From the story: "The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was financed and established by Norway. It will be operated by the Global Crop Diversity Trust. The vault has the capacity to house 4.5 million samples, or about 2 billion seeds."

"At their temperature of minus 4 degrees, some of the seeds may be viable for more than 1,000 years. For example, barley has been known to last 2,000 years and wheat 1,700 years."

"The vault was built on the island of Spitsbergen and is 600 miles from the North Pole. It contains seed samples from 268,000 plants. The push to create it came from concerns about diminishing biodiversity.""

United States

Submission + - Americans Losing Faith... In Faith ( 2

Wandering Wombat writes: "With the vast social penetration of science and technology, are Americans finally giving up on faith? From the article:

The U.S. religious marketplace is extremely volatile, with nearly half of American adults leaving the faith tradition of their upbringing to either switch allegiances or abandon religious affiliation altogether, a new survey finds. The study released Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life is unusual for it sheer scope, relying on interviews with more than 35,000 adults to document a diverse and dynamic U.S. religious population.
Is there truly no place in the computer-loving world for the God-fearing?"


Journal Journal: Serial over ethernet

Hello, I am currently in the process of researching for a diagram that reflects the process of configuring serial over Ethernet. I'm unable to find any resources that could direct me in the right path in configuring such a setup. The use of the project will be in a datacenter environment. I was hoping to create serial to cat5 cables, connect it directly into a cisco based switch and configure each interface to have a IP address to connect to. After the project is designed and in a working en

Submission + - Police busted after tracking device found on car (

uh oh writes: A New Zealand police operation to covertly follow a Central Otago man came to an abrupt halt this week when the man found tracking devices planted in his car, ripped them out and listed them for auction on Trade Me. Ralph Williams, of Cromwell, said he found the devices last week in his daughter's car, which he uses, and in his flatmate's car after the cars were seized by police and taken away for investigation.

Submission + - In India, click fraud is an occupation (

An anonymous reader writes: Are you in India?
Would you like to earn lots of money by clicking through ads and staying on a page for a minute or two?
Do you have access to an internet connection?

If you answered yes to these questions, you are in luck — Advertisers are waiting for you to come and click through all their ads.

I saw this page and I could only think of one term, click fraud.

The Courts

Submission + - RIAA Complaint Dismissed as "Boilerplate"

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The decision many lawyers had been expecting — that the RIAA's "boilerplate" complaint fails to state a claim for relief under the Copyright Act — has indeed come down, but from an unlikely source. While the legal community has been looking towards a Manhattan case, Elektra v. Barker, for guidance, a case in which amicus briefs had been submitted by various industry groups and the US Department of Justice (see case file, and from Warner v. Cassin, a similar motion in the same Court's Westchester division, the decision instead came from Senior District Court Judge Rudi M. Brewster of the US District Court for the Southern District of California, in a decision denying a default judgment (i.e. the defendant had not even appeared in the action). Judge Brewster not only denied the default judgment motion but dismissed the complaint for failure to state a claim. Echoing the words of Judge Karas at the oral argument in Barker , Judge Brewster held (pdf) that "Plaintiff here must present at least some facts to show the plausibility of their allegations of copyright infringement against the Defendant. However, other than the bare conclusory statement that on "information and belief" Defendant has downloaded, distributed and/or made available for distribution to the public copyrighted works, Plaintiffs have presented no facts that would indicate that this allegation is anything more than speculation. The complaint is simply a boilerplate listing of the elements of copyright infringement without any facts pertaining specifically to the instant Defendant. The Court therefore finds that the complaint fails to sufficiently state a claim upon which relief can be granted and entry of default judgment is not warranted.""

The gent who wakes up and finds himself a success hasn't been asleep.