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Using EMP To Punch Holes In Steel 165

angrytuna writes "The Economist is running a story about a group of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology in Chemnitz, Germany, who've found a way to use an EMP device to shape and punch holes through steel. The process enjoys advantages over both lasers, which take more time to bore the hole (0.2 vs. 1.4 seconds), and by metal presses, which can leave burrs that must be removed by hand."

Submission + - European physicists take photo of neutrino

An anonymous reader writes: European physicists said Tuesday they had sent an elusive particle known as a neutrino on a 730-kilometer (456-mile) trip under the Earth's crust and taken a snapshot of the instant it slammed into lab detectors. In the October 2 event, a neutrino hit one of the 60,000 bricks that had been installed in San Grasso, leaving a tell-tale track of a muon on the film. The experiment is important, say the investigators, as it could help explain one of the biggest mysteries about the Universe — its missing mass. When scientists tot up the mass of all the visible matter in the Universe, they arrive at a total of just 10 percent of what they know to exist. For years, neutrinos were not thought to have any mass, although that theory has been challenged by experiments at Japan's SuperKamioKande lab, which suggested that they may have a mass, albeit a very tiny one.

Feed Hepatitis E Takes A Piggyback (

Pigs carry hepatitis E virus (HEV), which they can pass on to humans. Scientists analysed blood test data from 2,500 pigs, natural hosts for the virus, on Japanese farms. They found that by the age of 150 days, over 95% of pigs had been infected with HEV.
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Submission + - Cryptic Studios Releases Animation Rig Under GPL

Gnpatton writes: "Kotaku is reporting that video game developer Cryptic Studios announced today at OGDC that it is turning to Open Source and is releasing its Animation Rig under the GPL. Speaking to Kotaku Shayne Herrera said, 'Our goal is to foster a community of animators by providing them the power to generate animations without having to worry about supporting a toolset. Since we were already developing the rig for our core technology team, we decided to release it to the public under the GNU GPL.' It seems that more and more companies are turning to open source. With this move from Cryptic Studios and other video game companies, could more video game developers benefit from open source?"

Feed OECD The Latest To Show Lobbyists Exaggerate Losses Due To Piracy/Counterfeiting (

Earlier this week we noted that the latest GAO report found that industry estimates of the impact of counterfeiting and piracy on the economy were greatly exaggerated, and now the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has come out with a similar report, noting not just that the numbers are exaggerated, but that the exaggeration was done by lobbyists to further political policies. No, really? The report does still say that counterfeiting and piracy is a problem -- but just that it's not nearly as big a problem as industry representatives would have you believe, and that industry reps might be better off not focusing so heavily on passing stronger intellectual property laws around the world. Not surprisingly, the very same lobbyists were quick to trash the OECD report, and even (you knew this was coming) claim that their estimates on piracy and counterfeiting were conservative. So here we have two non-industry groups with no reason for bias reporting that the "loss" numbers industry representatives claim are clearly bogus. Does this mean that the media will stop reporting the industry's totally unsupported numbers as if they were factual?

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle