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+ - 96-Core ARM Cluster: Solar-Powered, Built In Trash Can->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "MIT and Phoronix have assembled a 96-core ARM cluster out of 48 PandaBoards. Besides packing 96GHz of ARM power and running Ubuntu Linux, making the setup peculiar is that it's solar-powered (less than 200W power consumption) and it's built inside a trash can. The build succeeds their earlier 12-core ARM cluster that beat out Intel's Atom and AMD's Fusion technology."
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Medicine

+ - Patch Makes Certain Skin Cancers Disappear->

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kkleiner
kkleiner writes "What if treating skin cancer was just a matter of wearing a patch for a few hours? At this year’s Society of Nuclear Medicine’s Annual Meeting one group of researchers presented such a patch. The patch is infused with phosphorus-32, a radioactive isotope used to treat some types of cancer. In a study of 10 patients with basal cell carcinoma located on their faces, the patch was applied for three hours, then for another three hours four and seven days later. Six months after treatment, 8 of the patients were cancer free."
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NASA

+ - NASA finds major ice source in Moon crater->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "NASA said its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has found a crater — dubbed Shackleton — on the south pole of the moon that may have as much as 22% of its surface covered in ice. Shackleton, named after the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, is two miles deep and more than 12 miles wide and because of the Moon's tilt is always in the dark. Using laser light from LRO's laser altimeter NASA said found the crater's floor is brighter than those of other nearby craters, which is consistent with the presence of small amounts of ice."
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+ - One-billion-pixel camera catches the smallest details-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "A camera made from off-the-shelf electronics can take snapshots of one billion pixels each — about one thousand times larger than images taken by conventional cameras.

David Brady, an engineer at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and his colleagues are developing the AWARE-2 camera with funding from the United States Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency. The camera’s earliest use will probably be in automated military surveillance systems, but its creators hope eventually to make the technology available to researchers, media companies and consumers."

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Businesses

+ - Comcast Trying to Avoid Dubious Title 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The folks over at the Consumerist annually now run their "Worst Company in America Tournament", a light-hearted way to allow annoyed consumers to vent some of their accumulated angst. You'll perhaps recall that Comcast won the award last year, going so far as to beat out companies like Ticketmaster and Bank Of America for the "honor."

Eager to avoid a repeat, the Consumerist notes that Comcast has sent out numerous memos urging employees to stuff the ballot box over at the website."
Japan

+ - Crowd-Sourced Radiation Maps In Asia and US->

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kkleiner
kkleiner writes "In the past few weeks, several crowd-sourced radiation maps have arisen that attempt to give up to the minute looks at the threat level in the areas most likely to be affected by a catastrophe: Japan, Asia, and the US. These maps, available to the public for free online, are a timely example of how user-enabled systems are revolutionizing the way we solve problems. Tracking radiation levels is just the beginning. This is a preview of how accelerating technologies will allow us to monitor anything, anywhere, in realtime."
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+ - What gadgets would you use for hunting meteorites? 4

Submitted by DrPeper
DrPeper (249585) writes "I *may* have an opportunity to assist a pair of renowned meteorite hunters (yes the ones on the Science Channel). Being the MacGuyver everywhere I've worked and a consummate geek, I thought I would pose a question to the UberGeek community. If you were to go meteorite hunting, what gadgets would you use?

I've already thought of using; a UAV with a radio gradiometer, or attaching a coil to a quadrocopter, blimp, or terrestrial robot. The point of which would be to have it automatically produce a gradient map of the density of ferrous metals in a given area.

Any crazy ideas out there?"
Portables

+ - Wysips Turns Cell Phone Screens Into Solar Panels->

Submitted by jldailey618
jldailey618 (2015072) writes "French tech start-up Wysips has created a transparent pv film that can turn any cell phone screen into a solar panel. The ultra thin coating is less than 100 microns deep, and contains strips of clear photovoltaic cells laid on the screen that capture enough solar energy to produce electricity. On top of the cells is a layer of cylindrical lenticular lenses, which allow the user to see the light from the screen undistorted. The coating can charge a typical cell phone battery in about six hours with a constant stream of sunlight."
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+ - How to Built a Truly Silent PC->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Last year, Slashdot covered Neuros's "Nearly" silent HTPC. Now, FM has built one that is truly silent. "It is possible to build a fast desktop PC without the slightest compromise in noise tolerance. Temperatures are reasonable even at full load and even with a poor case layout.""
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Earth

Gold Nanoparticles Turn Trees Into Streetlights 348

Posted by samzenpus
from the elf-approved dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Street lights are an important part of our urban infrastructure — they light our way home and make the roads safe at night. But what if we could create natural street lights that don't need electricity to power them? A group of scientists in Taiwan recently discovered that placing gold nanoparticles within the leaves of trees causes them to give off a luminous reddish glow. The idea of using trees to replace street lights is an ingenious one — not only would it save on electricity costs and cut CO2 emissions, but it could also greatly reduce light pollution in major cities."
Cellphones

Pee On Your Phone STD Test 208

Posted by samzenpus
from the there's-a-drippy-app-for-that dept.
Shakrai writes "British health officials are hard at work on a new app that will allow users to pee into their cell phones and find out within minutes if they have an STD. From the article: 'Doctors and technology experts are developing small devices, similar to pregnancy testing kits, that will tell someone quickly and privately if they have caught an infection through sexual contact. People who suspect they have been infected will be able to put urine or saliva on to a computer chip about the size of a USB chip, plug it into their phone or computer and receive a diagnosis within minutes, telling them which, if any, sexually transmitted infection (STI) they have. Seven funders, including the Medical Research Council, have put £4m into developing the technology via a forum called the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.'"

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