An anonymous reader writes: A PCR machine is basically a copy machine for DNA. It is essential for most work with DNA, things like exposing fraud at a sushi restaurant, diagnosing diseases including HIV and H1N1, or exploring your own genome. The guy who discovered the PCR process earned a Nobel Prize in 1993, and OpenPCR is now the first open source PCR machine.
OpenPCR can be assembled with only a screwdriver, is controlled by an Arduino, and costs only $512. Traditional PCR machines cost thousands of dollars. Link to Original Source
autospa writes: "Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab and Arizona State University’s Motivational Environments Research Group have created a paper smartphone – called, ingeniously, PaperPhone – with all the functionality as the bulkier versions in our pockets. “This is the future, everything is going to look and feel like this within five years,” creator and director of the lab Roel Vertegaal says. “This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper. You interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or writing on it with a pen.”" Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes: HD Moore is at it again, this time the famous open source security researcher has set his sites on exploiting Apple iOS. The Metaploit 3.7 release includes 35 new attack modules in total. Link to Original Source
jmanforever writes: "Several sites are reporting that Russian billionaire Len Blavatnik has agreed to buy Warner Music Group for $3.3 billion. The deal means that every one of the big four record label groups will be foreign owned. Can the RIAA explain again why it is in the best interest of the United States to collect performance royalties from American radio stations and internet streaming sites, then send the money to Tokyo, Paris, London and now Moscow?" Link to Original Source
The current anti-male-pattern-baldness products interfere with the production or activity of 5-alpha-reductase to reduce the amount of testosterone converted into dihydrotestosterone. They are usually topical ointments that only affect hair follicles in the area of application. They do not promote hair growth, they merely disrupt the balding process. Since 5-alpha-reductase is localized in the scalp and the prostate, the application of 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors at other locations is pointless.
from the partly-cloudy-with-a-chance-of-tux dept.
darthcamaro writes "The cloud is more than just hype for Ubuntu. Canonical COO Matt Asay is now saying that they can count 12,000 deployments of the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud. He also thinks the cloud is where Ubuntu can make money — because in his view, the company for the last five years wasn't set up to generate revenue. From the article: 'The conversion of non-paying to paying users is often a difficult ratio to report for any open source effort, and Ubuntu is no exception. Asay noted that Canonical plans to get more aggressive at tracking its free-to-paid ratio on Ubuntu Linux and its related services and technologies. "For the first five years of the company's life, it wasn't set up to make money," Asay said. "The company was set up to make a fantastic Linux distribution and other tools around it and get it out there and get people using it. That was the focus." That's now changing at Canonical as the emphasis is now shifting to generating revenues.'"
from the hope-you-were-using-antiantivirus-too dept.
Kohenkatz writes "A McAfee Update today (DAT 5958) incorrectly identifies svchost.exe, a critical Windows executable, as a virus and tries to remove it, causing endless reboot loops."
Reader jswackh adds this terse description: "So far the fixes are sneakernet only. An IT person will have to touch all affected PCs. Reports say that it quarantines SVCHOST. [Affected computers] have no network access, and missing are taskbar/icons/etc. Basically non-functioning. Windows 7 seems to be unaffected."
Updated 20100421 20:08 GMT by timothy: An anonymous reader points out this easy-to-follow fix for the McAfee flub.
An anonymous reader writes: Google recently snatched up Agnilux, a chip start up comprised of a number of former PA Semi and Apple employees. Also on board is Scott Redman, a former software architect at TiVo who most recently was Agnilux’s director of application software, and a number of former Cisco employees as well. What exactly is Google up to? Link to Original Source
Stoobalou writes: GeForce GTX 470 and 480 get four-way WHQL treatment
Nvidia’s already brought us two-way SLI, three-way SLI and a fudged flirtation with four-way SLI using four GPUs on two graphics cards. Now, however, the graphics chip firm has enabled a true graphics card foursome, by enabling four-way SLI with four individual graphics cards with its latest driver update.
However, the cards will otherwise need to have exactly the same specifications with regards to memory and clock speeds. As such, you can’t mix and match between GeForce GTX 470 and 480 cards either. Link to Original Source
from the subsidies-cause-fatter-corn-farmers dept.
krou writes "In an experiment conducted by a Princeton University team, 'Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.' Long-term consumption also 'led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides.' Psychology professor Bart Hoebel commented that 'When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they're becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don't see this; they don't all gain extra weight.'"