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+ - Hackers, Zombies and Lulz - Defcon 19 in Photos->

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eecue
eecue writes "This year marked my 11th Defcon (the world's largest hacker convention, covered here previously). For the last few years I covered Defcon for Wired: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007. This year I didn't shoot for Wired, for a number of reasons, which gave me the opportunity to post many more Defcon photos than I normally do (and at a higher resolution to boot!). Enjoy!"
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NASA

+ - A Node on NASA's Deep Space Network - Goldstone->

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eecue (605228) writes "A few years back I toured NASA's (now recently revamped) Goldstone facility for Wired. Goldstone is a node on the Deep Space Network. Basically, it's a collection or gargantuan antennas out in the Mojave desert. NASA uses these antennas to talk to various satellites, rovers, probes and other space-based devices it rockets out of our atmosphere. I just posted a gallery of my high-res photos from Goldstone, many of them never before published."
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Science

+ - Inside An Organ Printer: Organovo In Photos->

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eecue (605228) writes "A biotech startup in San Diego called Organovo (previously on slashdot) has a device that prints out three dimensional veins. The material used is a specially cultured slurry of stem cells from the patient who will eventually receive the transplant. Printing circulatory tissue is an important step towards on demand organs. I toured their facility for Wired and shot a (single page) gallery of their vein-making-robot in action."
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Security

+ - Hacker Wonderland: DefCon 18 in Photos ->

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eecue (605228) writes "DefCon, the world's largest hacker convention (previously on slashdot), wrapped up on Sunday. In its 18 years DefCon has outgrown and been kicked out of a series of hotels. This year marked the end of DefCon at the Riviera and the announcement of the convention moving to the Rio next year. I covered the gathering of hackers, feds, phreaks and geeks for Wired, take a look at the (single page) photo gallery from DefCon 18."
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Security

+ - DefCon Ninja Badges Let Hackers Do Battle->

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eecue (605228) writes "The folks at DefCon, the world's largest hacker convention [previously on slashdot], have been making awesome badges for years. Last year along with the convention badge, a group of hackers known as the Ninjas created an electronic badge for their exclusive party. This year the Ninjas have taken the whole electronic badge thing to the next level with an interactive, wireless, encrypted ninja battle video game badge. I convinved the Ninjas to give Wired.com an exclusive sneak peek, and let me tell you, this thing is awesome."
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Space

+ - Free Spirit: Stuck Between a Rock and a Soft Place-> 1

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Dave Bullock
Dave Bullock writes "NASA's Spirit rover is stuck in a pile of silty sand and high-centerd on a rock millions of miles away on the surface of Mars. Here on Earth, JPL is working on getting the rover unstuck. They've built a giant sandbox, filled it with simulated Martian soil and driven in a near duplicate rover which is also now stuck. I took a few trips to JPL and photographed NASA's attempts to free Spirit for Wired.com."
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Power

+ - NIF Photo Tour->

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Dave Bullock
Dave Bullock writes "The National Ignition Facility (NIF) has been discussed several times over the years on Slashdot and just recently fired all of its 192 lasers. LLNL scientists predict NIF will attain ignition (controlled nuclear explosion) in 2010. For now, take a look at the photos I shot of NIF for Wired.com when I toured it earlier this year.."
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Power

+ - Energy of the Future: Igniting a Star With Lasers-> 1

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Dave Bullock (eecue)
Dave Bullock (eecue) writes "Possibly the most awesome thing I have ever photographed, Lawrence Livermore Lab's National Ignition Facility will use its lasers to create fusion: 'Using 192 separate lasers and a 400-foot-long series of amplifiers and filters, scientists at Lawrence Livermore's National Ignition Facility (NIF) hope to create a self-sustaining fusion reaction like the ones in the sun or the explosion of a nuclear bomb — only on a much smaller scale.'"
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Medicine

+ - Scientists Hack Cellphone to Detect Diseases ->

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Dave Bullock (eecue)
Dave Bullock (eecue) writes "A new MacGyver-esque cellphone hack could bring cheap, on-the-spot disease detection to even the most remote villages on the planet. Using only an LED, plastic light filter and some wires, scientists at UCLA have modded a cellphone into a portable blood tester capable of detecting HIV, malaria and other illnesses.

Blood tests today require either refrigerator-sized machines that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or a trained technician who manually identifies and counts cells under a microscope. These systems are slow, expensive and require dedicated labs to function. And soon they could be a thing of the past."

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