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+ - Scientists create mini 'black hole'->

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An anonymous reader writes "A group of Chinese researchers have created an artificial mini "black hole" capable of absorbing electromagnetic waves coming in from all directions, according to research published in the current issue of New Journal of Physics. The researchers took advantage of the special properties of metamaterials, a class of ordered composites which can distort light and other waves, to realize a an omnidirectional electromagnetic absorber in microwave frequencies."
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+ - Mystery about how electrons behave in metals solve->

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Anonymous Coward writes "Scientists have cracked the 25-year-old mystery about how electrons behave in metals by capturing images of electrons that appear to take on extraordinary mass and do "a wave-like dance"under certain extreme conditions, according to an article appearing in current issue of the journal Nature.

"When electrons interact in materials unpredictable things can happen," Graeme Luke, professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at McMaster University, said. "Heavy fermion behavior — where electrons behave as if they weigh 1,000 times or more their actual mass — is one of the most fascinating examples of these phenomena. In this case, they were doing a kind of wave-like dance that changes the form and very nature of the electrons.""

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Anime

+ - Soon: community-driven computer animation movie->

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amigoro writes "A collaborative animation project to produce a computer-generated animated short film for theatrical release will be open to established and aspiring animators soon, according to its sponsor Intel Corporation. Animators will be able access a collaboration application built on the Facebook Platform, and will work together to create the animated short film, as part of the Mass Animation project."
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Biotech

+ - Mutant Plants: UN solution to global food crisis->

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Anonymous Coward writes "Creating mutant plants using nuclear radiation could boost crop yields and help tackle food crisis, according a top United Nations expert. "At a time when the world is facing a food and energy crisis of unprecedented proportions, plant mutation breeding can be a catalyst in developing improved, higher-yield, saline-resistant, sturdier crop varieties," Werner Burkart, Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)."
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Space

+ - 'Cosmic ghost' discovered by volunteer astronomer->

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Anonymous Coward writes "A Dutch school teacher volunteering in the Galaxy Zoo project that allows members of the public to take part in astronomy research online, has discovered a mysterious and unique object some observers are calling a "cosmic ghost". It's huge central hole is over 16,000 light years across and Galaxy Zoo astronomers are still puzzling over what caused it."
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Medicine

+ - End of the pill? Ovulation gene discovered->

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amigoro
amigoro writes "Birth control pills could soon become history after group of Canadian and European researchers unlocked the mystery of a gene with the potential to both regulate and block ovulation. "This discovery means we can envision new contraceptives that selectively stop ovulation," said Dr. Murphy. "If created, these new contraceptives would be more effective and produce less side-effects than current steroid-based forms of birth control.""
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Input Devices

+ - South Carolina bans paper votes->

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An anonymous reader writes "South Carolina election officials today prevented people from casting their ballots using paper votes at the state's Democratic presidential primary, and forced them to vote use electronic voting machine which lack paper trails and which have already been decertified in California."
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The Internet

+ - People use Internet to confirm pre-existing belief->

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An anonymous reader writes "Despite the plethora of information available on the Internet, people mostly use it to confirm their pre-existing beliefs, according to Australian researchers. Researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have found that while Internet searches do bring up a variety of useful materials, people pay more attention to information that matches their pre-existing beliefs."
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Biotech

+ - Implantable device kills cancer cells in blood->

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amigoro (761348) writes "A tiny, implantable device that can pull adult stem cells out of a living rat with a far greater purity than any present technique could soon be used to isolate and destroy cancer cells, according to a paper to be published in British Journal of Haematology. The the device designed by Michael R. King, associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester use the hydrodynamic properties of the blood to manipulate stem cells and cancer cells."
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Displays

+ - Contact lenses with circuits for in-eye displays->

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An anonymous reader writes "Scientists have for the first time combined a flexible, biologically safe contact lens with an imprinted electronic circuit and lights, creating virtual displays that can act as visual aids to help vision-impaired people, holographic driving control panels and even as a way to surf the Web on the go."
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Biotech

+ - Larger human brain led to larger penis-> 2

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Anonymous Coward writes "The human penis is comparatively larger than that of the other great apes because of our comparatively larger brains, gynecologist Edwin A. Bowman explains in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior. Through millions of years evolution the infant babies' skulls became larger in order to accommodate bigger brains, explained Dr. Bowman. This in turn led to a female pelvis become larger to allow women to give birth to children with larger brains, and this led to the female vagina also becoming less tight."
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Announcements

+ - Scientists design invisibility cloak->

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Invisible Coward writes "University of Maryland researchers are using plasmonics technology to create the world's first invisibility cloak that works by bending light and sending it around the object. A research team at University's A. James Clark School of Engineering comprised of Professor Christopher Davis, Research Scientist Igor Smolyaninov, and graduate student Yu-Ju Hung, have applied the same technology to build a revolutionary superlens microscope that allows scientists to see details of previously undetectable nanoscale objects."
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GUI

+ - Dogs trained to use computers->

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Canine at the Keyboard
Canine at the Keyboard writes "Austrian researchers have successfully trained dogs to use computers, according to a study published online in Animal Cognition. Friederike Range and colleagues from the University of Vienna in Austria have shown for the first time that dogs can classify complex color photographs and place them into categories in the same way that humans do, and the dogs successfully demonstrate their learning through the use of computer automated touch-screens, eliminating potential human influence. Considering that million monkeys at keyboards made the Internet, I wonder what contribution the dogs would make."
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