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+ - Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast to Make THC 1

Submitted by meghan elizabeth
meghan elizabeth (3689911) writes "How do you get weed without the weed? By genetically engineering yeast to produce THC, of course.
Once theorized in a stoner magazine column more than a decade ago, a biotech startup working in Ireland is actively trying to transplant the genetic information that codes for both THC and another cannabinoid called CBD into yeast so that "marijuana" can be grown in a lab—no plants necessary."

+ - The Internet's broken. Who's going to invent a new one?-> 1

Submitted by aarondubrow
aarondubrow (1866212) writes "The Internet has evolved to support an incredibly diverse set of needs, but we may be reaching a point at which new solutions and new infrastructure are needed in particular to improve security, connect with the Internet of Things and address an increasingly mobile computing landscape. Today, NSF announced $15 million in awards to develop, deploy and test future Internet architecture in challenging real-world environments. These clean-slate designs explore novel network architectures and networking concepts and also consider the larger societal, economic and legal issues that arise from the interplay between the Internet and society.

Each project will partner with cities, non-profit organizations, academic institutions and industrial partners across the nation to test their Internet architectures. Some of the test environments include: a vehicular network deployment in Pittsburgh, a context-aware weather emergency notification system for Dallas/Fort Worth, and a partnership with Open mHealth, a patient-centric health ecosystem based in San Francisco."

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+ - Georgia Law Allows Guns in Bars and School Zones

Submitted by wjcofkc
wjcofkc (964165) writes "CNN reports Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law a vast bill that will allow guns in some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports. GeorgiaCarry, which lobbied for the bill, calls it "meaningful pro-gun legislation," while the main opposing group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, calls the bill "extremism in action.""

+ - SNOWDEN report claims Snowden is NSA PSYOPS

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In an strange twist of spy-vs-spy, newly released documents from Edward Snowden show just how far the NSA has gone to collect data. It turns out that Snowden himself is just another program with the eponymous name of SNOWDEN. None of the data collection, company, or US government sanctioned spying has occurred as been reported of the past year. Rather, throught the SNOWDEN program, the intelligence agencys are running psychological operations on the public. This is provide a legal shield to all of the US companies that were directly created (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Dropbox, etc.) to or paid to aid spying (telecom firms, networking hardware manufactures) on the American people. Also implicated on several top tier universities with machine learning and computational modeling groups that provided the framework for tracking literally everything. As it appears to be working, by making itself appear as the evil scapegoat, the NSA has provided fake evidence via the Snowden reports that appear to exonerate American companies. Ironically, the SNOWDEN program itself, classified at TS/SCI level proves that there never was a one man super sysadmin (sorry /.-ers) that infiltrated the NSA. We have all been duped. Read on for more."

Comment: Bingo (Score 2) 221

by Eric Bacus (#46467531) Attached to: The Future of Cryptocurrencies
I've made similar comments to those who've waved negative news articles about bitcoin in my face. The interesting thing about all this is; it was never about "Bitcoin", it was about the concept of cryptocurrency, driven by the revolutionary ability to create digital scarcity. You'd better believe though, that if governments get involved, the whole idea of a publically viewable global transaction ledger (i.e. will never see the light of day.

Comment: Re:So they used Baked and dynamic lightning. (Score 2) 55

by Eric Bacus (#46404373) Attached to: Game Tech: How <em>BioShock Infinite</em>'s Lighting Works
it seems to me like the interest is in the minutia, specifically how they achieved a more film-like quality to their renders without wasting overhead on expensive and unnecessary raytracing. Is it worth a story on slashdot? probably not. Is this response a gross oversimplification? sure!

+ - Russia admits that it has moved troops in Ukraine->

Submitted by cold fjord
cold fjord (826450) writes "The Telegraph reports, "Russian troops have moved into Crimea in what Moscow is calling a mission to “protect Black Sea Fleet’s positions” but which the Ukrainian government has denounced as an “armed intervention.” The Russian foreign ministry said Friday that it had informed the Ukrainian government that armoured units from the Black Sea Fleet base near Sevastopol had entered Crimea in order to protect fleet positions. “The Ukrainian side was also passed a note regarding the movement of armoured vehicles of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea, which is happening in full accordance with the foundation Russian-Ukrainian agreement on the Black Sea Fleet,” the ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Friday afternoon. In the same note the Russian foreign ministry said it had declined a Ukrainian request for “bilateral consultations” on events in Crimea because they are “the result of recent internal political processes in Ukraine.” " — Fox News reports, "The United States warned Russia it would be a "grave mistake" to intervene militarily in Ukraine, as the Kremlin ordered 150,000 troops to test their combat readiness and armed men seized government buildings in Ukraine's Crimea region and raised a Russian flag over a barricade." — USA Today reports Former Ukrainian President Yanukovych has surfaced in Moscow after fleeing the country and being removed by parliament."
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+ - DARPA wants to automate Big Data findings to solve complicated problems->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "Gaining significant knowledge from the growing tons of information available about big picture topics such as biology, economics, astronomy, health or climate is a challenge beyond most human minds and computer programs. But the scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) want to change that with a program called Big Mechanisms they say could gather all exiting data about a particular topic, keep it up-to-date and develop new conclusions or research directions."
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