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Submission + - 200 Lumen/Watt Production Power LEDs Introduced (

ndverdo writes: Cree just announced production power LEDs reaching 200 lumen/watt. Approximately doubling the previous peak LED light efficiency, the new LEDs will require less cooling. This should enable the MK-R series to finally provide direct no-hassle replacements to popular form-factors such as MR-16 spots and incandescent lighting in general. The LEDs are sampling and it is stated that "production quantities are available with standard lead times". Reaching a 1600 lm luminous flux light output these LEDs should bring a bright future indeed.

Submission + - Earth-mass planet found orbiting Alpha Centauri B (

ndverdo writes: ESA just announced the discovery of an earth-mass planet orbiting the Star Alpha Centauri B. This marks the first time an earth-size planet has been found orbiting another star. The binary system Alpha Centauri is with 4.37 light years the closest stars to the sun. The planet's orbit is similar to Mars'. The planet was detected by a small periodic gravitational effect on its parent star.

Submission + - Database and IP records tie election fraud to Canada's ruling Conservatives (

choongiri writes: Canada's election fraud scandal continues to unfold. Elections Canada just matched the IP address used to set up thousands of voter suppression robocalls to one used by a Conservative Party operative, and a comparison of call records found a perfect match between the illegal calls, and records of non-supporters in the Conservative Party's CIMS voter tracking database, as well as evidence access logs may have been tampered with. Meanwhile, legal challenges to election results are underway in seven ridings, and an online petition calling for an independent public inquiry into the crisis has amassed over 44,000 signatures. The Conservative Party still maintains their innocence, calling it a baseless smear campaign.

Submission + - Nanoparticles heated by radio waves switch on genes in mice (

ananyo writes: Researchers have used radio waves to remotely activate engineered insulin-producing genes in mice. In the long term, the work could lead to medical procedures in which patients’ genes are triggered on demand.
The researchers coated coated iron oxide nanoparticles with antibodies that bind to a modified version of a temperature-sensitive ion channel. They injected these particles into tumors grown under the skins of mice, then heated the nanoparticles with low-frequency radio waves. The nanoparticles heated the ion channel, activating it and allowing calcium to flow into cells. The influx of calcium switched on an engineered calcium-sensitive gene that produces insulin (abstract).


Submission + - ESA juices up for mission to Jupiter's icy moons (

cylonlover writes: The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that Jupiter’s icy moons will be the focus of its next Large science mission. Getting the nod over the New Gravitational Wave Observatory (NGO), that would have hunted for gravitational waves, and ATHENA, the Advanced Telescope for High-Energy Astrophysics, the Jupiter Icy moons Explorer (JUICE) is scheduled to arrive at Jupiter in 2030 with the goal of studying its Galilean moons as potential habitats for life.

Submission + - European Union Court of Justice strikes down Patents on Software Languages (

ndverdo writes: the EU Court of Justice just struck down a case launched by SAS to disallow the replication of SAS APIs and the use in an IDE by World Programming Ltd. This could have far reaching implications on Oracle vs. Google on Java APIs in Android.

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