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Enlightenment

Submission + - Ray Kurzweil: The smartest futurist on Earth

An anonymous reader writes: From the Fortune article: Kurzweil, however, has something bigger on his mind than just making money — after half a lifetime studying trends in technological change, he believes he's found a pattern that allows him to see into the future with a high degree of accuracy. The secret is something he calls the Law of Accelerating Returns, and the basic idea is that the power of technology is expanding at an exponential rate. Mankind is on the cusp of a radically accelerating era of change unlike anything we have ever seen, he says, and almost more extreme than we can imagine. (The full story >> )
The Internet

Submission + - Digg willing to "go down fighting"

ZPWeeks writes: After an overwhelming user revolt on Digg after the site deleted submissions linking to the recently leaked HD-DVD decryption key, Digg CEO has responded on Digg's blog: "...after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you've made it clear. You'd rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won't delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be. If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying."

Feed Reversing Cancer Cells To Normal Cells->

A Northwestern University scientist describes new research that used an innovative experimental approach to provide unique insights into how scientists can change human metastatic melanoma cells back to normal-like skin cells -- by exposing the tumor cells to the embryonic microenvironment of human embryonic stem cells, the zebra fish and the chick embryo.
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Robotics

Submission + - South Korea plans to guard border with robots

An anonymous reader writes: http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/fea ture-5-future-military-technologies Samsung has partnered with Korea University to develop a machine-gun equipped sentry robot, which consists of "two cameras: one for day-time and one for infrared night vision, zooming capabilities, a speaker for notifying the intruder, sophisticated pattern recognition to detect the difference between humans/trees, and a 5.5mm machine-gun."

Feed The Earth's Climate Is Seesawing, According To Climate Researchers->

During the last 10,000 years climate has been seesawing between the North and South Atlantic Oceans. Cold periods in the north have corresponded to warmth in the south and vice versa. These results imply that Europe may face a slightly cooler future than predicted by IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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Operating Systems

Submission + - Korea launches a switch to open source

An anonymous reader writes:
Thousands of computers in ministries, government-linked organizations and universities in South Korea will replace Microsoft's Windows operating system and Office productivity suite with open-source alternatives under the plan, according to the country's Ministry of Information and Communication.

Twenty percent of desktop software and 30 percent of server software will be changed to open source by 2007, said a representative from the Ministry of Information and Communication.
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-5084811.html

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