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Biotech

Scientists Breeding Super Bees 248

Posted by samzenpus
from the what-could-go-wrong dept.
Elliot Chang writes "Over the last five years the world's honey bee population has been steadily dwindling, with many beekeepers citing 2010 as the worst year yet. In order to save these extremely important insects, scientists are working on breeding a new super honey bee that they hope will be resistant to cold, disease, mites and pesticides. If all goes well, the new and improved insect will continue to pollinate our crops for years to come."

Comment: Re:AT&T's Fault? (Score 4, Insightful) 265

by daniorerio (#35078884) Attached to: AT&T Sued For Systematic iPhone Overbilling
Maybe they did, but the phones turned off didn't get billed so they're not mentioned?

From the provider's point of view it is pretty easy to determine if a phone was actually on or not, so if you're going to overbill it's probably wise to overbill phones that were actually turned on...

Comment: Re:So how is a 16 year old report news? (Score 2) 473

by daniorerio (#34458016) Attached to: Medical Researcher Rediscovers Integration
Or perhaps he knew exactly what he was doing?

Tai: So as you can see I used this method to calculate the surface underneath the graph, and as you can clearly see the results show that....
Fellow MD1: Wait, what method? That looks pretty sciency!
Fellow MD2: Cool method, did you think of it yourself?
Tai: Huh, I just calculated the surface underneath the graph, it's basic calculus you know?
Fellow MD1: Calculus schmalculus, did you think of publishing your method
Fellow MD2: Yeah you should totally publish this! Call it Tai's method or something, it's awesome!
Tai: I guess...
???
137 citations-> Profit!!!!!!!
Communications

Verizon To Pay $25M For Years of 'Mystery Fees' 215

Posted by timothy
from the honestly-we-had-no-idea dept.
Ponca City writes "The Washington Post reports that the FCC has reached a record $25 million settlement with Verizon Wireless over the company's wrongly charging subscribers 'mystery' Internet fees over the past several years — the largest settlement in FCC history. With the action, Verizon Wireless's total costs associated with false data fees reached $77.8 million, one of the largest payouts for false business practices in the communications services industry. 'People shouldn't find mystery fees when they open their phone bills — and they certainly shouldn't have to pay for services they didn't want and didn't use,' says FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. 'In these rough economic times, every $1.99 counts.' Verizon Wireless said in a news release that its overcharges were inadvertent. 'We accept responsibility for those errors, and apologize to our customers who received accidental data charges on their bills.'"
Censorship

Seven Words You Can't Say On Google Instant 257

Posted by timothy
from the cockney-slang-works-fine dept.
theodp writes "Back in 1972, Georgle Carlin gave us the Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television. Thirty-eight years later, Valleywag reports on The Definitive List of Words Google Thinks Are Naughty. You've probably noticed how the new Google Instant tries to guess what you're searching for while you type — unless it thinks your search is dirty, in which case you'll be forced to actually press ENTER to see your results. Leave it to the enterprising folks at 2600 to compile an exhaustive list of words and phrases Google Instant won't auto-search for."
The Almighty Buck

ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America 482

Posted by samzenpus
from the leprechaun-industries dept.
tetrahedrassface writes "As the US economic woes continue unabated, a German company is bringing gold-bearing ATMs to Mainstreet America. The machines accept credit cards, and will dispense 1 gram, 5 gram, 10 gram and 1 ounce units, as well as various gold coins. The company hopes to install 35 bullion machines in the United States this year, and will hopefully have several hundred up and running by next year. The machines will be decorated like giant gold ingots and be over two meters tall. Physical gold has both pros and cons, but from a safety standpoint would it be fine to have a couple of ounces in your pocket while walking around the mall? The giant, gold-dispensing ATMs will monitor the market conditions for gold every 10 minutes in order to reflect spot price changes as they occur." We already covered similar machines installed in travel hubs across Germany.

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