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Medicine

One Night Stands May Be Genetic 240

Posted by samzenpus
from the getting-in-your-genes dept.
An anonymous reader writes "So, he or she has cheated on you for the umpteenth time and their only excuse is: 'I just can't help it.' According to researchers at Binghamton University, they may be right. The propensity for infidelity could very well be in their DNA. In a first of its kind study, a team of investigators led by Justin Garcia, a SUNY Doctoral Diversity Fellow in the laboratory of evolutionary anthropology and health at Binghamton University, State University of New York, has taken a broad look at sexual behavior, matching choices with genes and has come up with a new theory on what makes humans 'tick' when it comes to sexual activity. The biggest culprit seems to be the dopamine receptor D4 polymorphism, or DRD4 gene. Already linked to sensation-seeking behavior such as alcohol use and gambling, DRD4 is known to influence the brain's chemistry and subsequently, an individual's behavior."
Editorial

+ - Reactor that chews up old nuke waste to be built?

Submitted by
zentropa
zentropa writes "A nuclear reactor that chews up old radioactive waste, can never melt down and cannot be used to make weapons? Sounds too good to be true, but that's apparently the promise of a new type of thorium reactor, according to a feature in Cosmos Magazine. It's theorectically possible to build such a reactor, but no-one's done it yet. But now the Norwegians have decided to seriously investigate the construction of such an accelerator-driven thorium-fuelled plant. Why isn't everyone looking into this?"
Mozilla

+ - In-depth interview with Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker

Submitted by
SlinkySausage
SlinkySausage writes "APC Magazine in Australia has posted an 8,000 word interview with Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker about where Firefox came from and where it's going. Baker talks about putting Firefox on mobile phones; how Firefox will take on Flash and Silverlight with open source animation and video rendering; where the $55million a year Firefox earns comes from; the struggle with patents in the software industry; how businesses are recontemplating moving to Firefox rather than dealing with the upgrade to IE7, and why Mozilla hasn't yet built an ad-blocker into Firefox. She also talks about how Firefox 3.0 will have a lot more capability around "branding" — will it be the corporate visual theming disaster that was IE4? And how Mozilla's small development office in New Zealand is developing the ability to run web abbs in Firefox without an internet connection. Mozilla Japan's cartoon character, "Foxkeh" makes an appearance too."
Google

+ - Google's Blogger output fails XHTML standards

Submitted by
saccade.com
saccade.com writes "The headers generated by Google's Blogger web site assert it's output is complient with the "XHTML 1.0 Strict" document type definition. Well, John Walker tested it against that standard, and discovered even the simplest Blogger page fails with 73 errors. Walker comments:

...whatever standard you choose, you should be willing to be held to it, and in this case the blogging platform used by tens of millions of people falls flat on its face. Personally, I would be stone ashamed to ship something in this state. That Google, with what amounts to unlimited funds in our talent-constrained industry, plus the putatively smartest and certainly most smug technical staff, contents themselves with this is perhaps an indication that before expounding on issues of good and evil, one should first address the more mundane matter of competence.
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United States

+ - EPA modifiying fuel efficiency standards in 2008

Submitted by antifoidulus
antifoidulus (807088) writes "Yahoo finance is running an article detailing how the EPA is changing fuel efficiency standards for 2008 models. This seems to be the first overhall of the miles per gallon(1 mpg=.42 kpl) since the 1980's. Previous tests assumed that drivers did not exceed 55 mph(88 kph), that drivers never used their air conditioner and heaters. The new tests push cars up to 80 mph(128 kph) and drive them in hot and cold weather conditions. Naturally the reported MPG number has dropped, for example the Prius' reported mileage dropped 20%, but the new number reflects what most drivers see. And as always, your mileage may vary. (Your kilometres per litre may vary)"
Windows

+ - Microsoft starts selling Linux??

Submitted by antibios
antibios (545713) writes "Microsoft and Novell says Dell has agreed to buy Suse Linux Enterprise Server certificates from Microsoft and that the computer maker will set up a services and marketing program aimed at getting users of open-source platforms to switch to the new Suse Linux offering.

http://www.theage.com.au/news/Business/Dell-Micros oft-Novell-to-push-Linux/2007/05/07/1178390206427. html"
Sci-Fi

+ - Favorite flamewar?

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An anonymous reader writes "Favorite flamewar?

Kirk vs. Picard
Joel vs. Mike
Tom Baker vs. Chris Eccelston
FreeBSD vs. OpenBSD
Linux vs. Windows
KDE vs. GNOME
CowboyNeal vs. Polls"
Education

+ - Ants rank as first true animal teachers

Submitted by
DownintheUpside
DownintheUpside writes "So everyone knows a good teacher when they see one right? They already know the information to be taught and they slow down to teach it to you. With this kind of help, you learn far faster than you could on your own. Other great qualities (human) are they listen to your questions and can steer you in the right direction to find the answer. Well, a research team in England have discovered a species that have these exacting qualities of a 'true teacher'... http://www.ignorancedenied.com/viewthread.php?tid= 5728"
The Courts

+ - Aussie pirate extradited to the US

Submitted by
doll_yoko
doll_yoko writes "Setting a disturbing precedent, the Australian Government has co-operated fully with US authorities to facilitate the extradition of Australian resident Hew Griffith to face charges in Virginia for US copyright violations. Griffith was allegedly the leader of a New South Wales branch of Drink or Die, a software cracking network, which circulated warez for free download. He has been fighting extradition in the Australian courts since the US Department of Justice charged him in 2003. He is facing a fine of US $500,000 and up to 10 years in prison. He will be sentenced in June 2007. http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/aussie-softw are-pirate-extradited/2007/05/06/1178390182639.htm l"
Microsoft

+ - Question on Vista's Testing

Submitted by LiquidNitrogen
LiquidNitrogen (864075) writes "The author of the blog cacheyourcash has found three bugs in less than 4 months that would question the extent of testing or even design that has gone to built windows Vista. Some of the silliest bugs in Vista are "Showing file size in negative (minus)" or "not updating the status bar on hitting refresh". It seems small pieces like these which though are used every day were not tested thoroughly or dropped due to other reasons."
Censorship

EFF and Dvorak Blame the Digg Revolt On Lawyers 262

Posted by kdawson
from the jet-fuel-on-a-fire dept.
enharmonix writes "A bit of an update on the recent Digg revolt over AACS. The NYTimes has taken notice and written quite a decent article that actually acknowledges that the take-down notices amount to censorship and documents instances of the infamous key appearing in purely expressive form. I was pleased to see the similarity to 2600 and deCSS was not lost on the Times either. More interesting is that the EFF's Fred von Lohmann blames the digg revolt on lawyers. And in an opinion piece, John Dvorak expands on that theme."
The Courts

+ - Aussie software pirate extradited

Submitted by JEGSYDAU
JEGSYDAU (1082977) writes "The Sydney Morning Hearald has an article on how the Australian Government has allowed a national to be extridited to the U.S. for leading the now-disbanded pirate group Drink or Die. The article claims it is a "triumph for US authorities, demonstrating their ability to enforce US laws protecting US companies against Australians in Australia, with the co-operation of the Australian Government.""

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