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Jamie is helping bring our childhood fantasies/nightmares to life with a link that says "Andrei Rhode, a researcher involved with the project, said that existing optical tweezers are able to move particles the size of a bacterium a few millimeters in a liquid. Their new technique can move objects one hundred times that size over a distance of a meter or more."
Canada

Submission + - Québec government questioned about choosing M (hoshi.com.br)

Masaru Hoshi writes: "A local service provider in Québec, Canada, accuses the government of ignoring local companies in favor of a high value contract with Microsoft. The Superior Court of Justice will hear the company Savoir-Faire Linux, an open source service provider, on an action where the Régie de Rested de Québec (RRQ) is accused of taking side of Microsoft Corporation in a $ 720,00 CAN contract to update the workstations of the RRQ.

"As a service provider, we don't question the fact of not being chosen, but not being able to participate of the consultation," says Cyrille Béraud, president of the PME with offices in Montréal, Québec and Ottawa.

Meanwhile the RRQ says the contract involves only and simple update operation and that justifies not having opening consultations, Savoir-Faire Linux believes it's far more complicated than that since the new software from Microsoft are completely different from the currently ones used.

Beraud believes that the Government spends hundreds of thousands of dollars in this and other contracts with Microsoft Co. "With Open Source, the RRQ could save about US $ 350,000 only in this contract. If we consider the whole province such amount could be easily more than US $ 80 million," says Mr. Beraud.

Québec still behind

The president of the Savoir-Faire Linux believes these actions and other retard the local development.

"Open source is available openly on the Internet and does not obligates the payment of annual licenses like Microsoft products. By the other hand, it foments the local market development creating new posts for software developers, network administrations. The hundreds of millions of dollars spent by the government are helping companies outside Canada, not us."

Cyrille Béraud also affirms that Québec is behind many other regions in the world when the subject is Open Source. "France, Deutchland, Netherlands, Brazil, even the UK have highly more efficient open source movements that help the local market," concludes."

Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Is Bioware really churning out a KOTOR MMO?

aztektum writes: A new rumor that Bioware's Austin studio, known to be working on a sci fi MMO title, is developing Knights of the Old Republic "Online" have surfaced. Citing "A source close to Bioware...", little known game site Primotechnology.com is the latest to claim it's for real. Gamespot throws down their 2 cents. According to that article, whatever game they ARE developing is said to be in a playable state already. With no confirmation, nor an outright denial, from Bioware or Lucasarts thus far, are they keeping mum in order to build suspense or is this simply wishful thinking?
Announcements

Submission + - Dark Matter - Now, Even More Confusing Than Ever

glhermann writes: As if dark matter weren't confusing enough...
Today, astronomy blogger Phil Plait, of badastronomy.com, featured some developments in the research of dark matter. http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2007/08/16/a-da rk-hole/#more-1669 — He cites a press release today, by NASA, that discloses some discoveries which seem to fly in the face of what is commonly (tenuously) accepted so far — http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/chandra/news/07- 090.html It seems that dark matter does not always stay with galaxies, as was previously thought. What does this mean for our understanding of dark matter, and what could this mean for physics? The press release states that — "The second option is that dark matter is affected not only by gravity, but also by an as-yet-unknown interaction between dark matter particles. This exciting alternative would require new physics and could be difficult to reconcile with observations of other galaxies and galaxy clusters..." What kind of "new physics" would this be?

Feed Engadget: Denon launches USB / MIDI-equipped DN-HC4500 for digital DJs (engadget.com)

Filed under: Portable Audio

It was close to this time last year when Denon unveiled the DN-HD2500, and now it's time for DJs the world over to get a glimpse of the DN-HC4500 Media Player and Controller. The unit itself is the firm's "first USB / MIDI audio interface designed exclusively for computer performance club and mobile DJs," and it plays nice with both Macs and PCs. Additionally, you'll find internal 24-bit processing, BU4500 drive support, a touch-sensitive jog disc, integrated displays, and a trial version of Reflex LE software. Word on the street tags this sucka with a pricetag close to £399 ($795), and while you won't be able to get your hands around it 'til next month, click on through for a few more looks.

[Via TechDigest]

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Biotech

Submission + - Scientists discover how to erase memories (pressesc.com) 1

amigoro writes: "Neuroscientists have discovered that long-term memories are not etched in a "clay tablet"-like stable form as once thought, but the process is much more dynamic, involving a miniature molecular machine that must run constantly to keep memories going, jamming the machine briefly can erase long-term memories."

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