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Earth

Climate, Habitat Threaten Wild Coffee Species 274 274

An anonymous reader writes "BBC reports that Dr. Aaron Davis of the Royal Botanical Gardens claims 'almost three-quarters of the world's wild coffee species are threatened, as a result of habitat loss and climate change. "Conserving the genetic diversity within this genus has implications for the sustainability of our daily cup, particularly as coffee plantations are highly susceptible to climate change.'"

Comment Blizzard take note. (Score 1) 238 238

Create a kid-friendly zone. Yeah, I realize its "War"craft, and I understand that for myself, but its also a visually beautiful game with some incredible game mechanics. While I typically play after the kids have gone to bed (ie casual gamer), they're not dumb and get curious. I've found some slightly safer non-aggro areas and let them run around and play with the Hunter and his pets (son loves my Dino pet, especially with Eyes of the Beast) or priest (daughter loves how her magic is so shiny). They love to sit around and make characters. So many of the kids games are boring to them and don't have this kind of freedom.

I'd love to see a server or even a small zone that lets you run around, not worry about being attacked so they could play around with it. Maybe put a few bucks into marketing to eliminate me feeling like bad father when my daughter mentions to mommy that she plays the "war" game. I'd pay the fee easily every month just for them so they can share some of the fun without the scary stuff.

Wonder if I could get enough support to change the name to "World of Non-violent Happytime MindCraft?" Yeah, sure that'd fly.

Comment News Image search (Score 1) 125 125

Cooliris' built-in news image search is a pretty cool step towards quick browsing. Scrolling through 50 pictures in the sports section, I click on a picture of Serena Williams and the news story associated with it surrounds it. Awesome add-on for firefox and people oooh and ahhh when I pop it up on-screen.

The Internet

Submission + - Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology->

El Reg writes: "Showing a new-found resolve to crack down on self-serving edits, Wikipedia has banned contributions from all IPs addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology. According to Wikipedia administrators, this marks the first time such a high-profile organization has been banished for allegedly pushing its own agenda on the 'free encyclopedia anyone can edit.' The Register has the full story."
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The Courts

UK Judge Grants Extradition Review To Cracker Gary McKinnon 107 107

JobsEnding writes with this quote from IBTimes: "A British court ruled on Friday that a man who hacked into US military computers will be given permission for a judicial review against his extradition to the United States. Hacker Gary McKinnon, 42, who had been diagnosed recently with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, has admitted hacking into the military computers. His lawyers had said McKinnon was at risk of suicide if he were extradited." We discussed the granting of McKinnon's extradition in 2006 when it was first granted, as well as a profile of the man more recently.

Comment Re:Two words (Score 1) 3709 3709

So... the soon to be ex-president managed to fark things up sooo completely, Obama won't be able to fix it immediately. Why is that a poor reflection on him?

At least with Obama I figure we're less likely to end up with another laundry list of "Ha ha, I farked your country" items at the next election.

Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Axiotron Launches Modservice, New MacBook-to-Table->

ubergoober writes: "Axiotron® today launched Axiotron Modservice, a one-of-a-kind service exclusively performed that enables Apple® MacBook® owners to transform their existing computer into a Mac® Tablet solution.

The award-winning Modbook's state-of-the-art pen-based digitizer technology gives users drawing and writing functionality along with the ability to manipulate the Mac OS® X operating system environment without a keyboard or mouse. Through Axiotron Modservice, almost any Intel® Core 2 Duo-based Apple MacBook computer can be transformed into an Axiotron Modbook.

"Customers have been requesting a program like our Modservice," said Andreas E. Haas, Axiotron's CEO. "There is something intrinsically appealing about the idea of taking your computer and turning it into a new and exciting product like the Modbook.""

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Power

Mimicking Electric Eel Cells 71 71

An anonymous reader writes "A team of US researchers has asked the following question in the new field of systems biology: 'Do we understand how a cell produces electricity well enough to design one, and to optimize that design?' They believe it should be possible to build artificial cells replicating the electrical behavior of electric eel cells. In fact, such artificial cells could deliver better performance — as much as 40% more energy than real eel cells, a computer model suggests. They could be used to power medical implants and other small devices."
Software

Submission + - Build your own Virtual World on the Web: Blink 2.->

ubergoober writes: With the slew of virtual worlds recently promoting themselves, Pelican Crossing, a developer of multi-user web based worlds recently released Blink 2.0, a tool that allows you to create your own. A complete system for creating interactive, animated and chat enabled multi-user 3D Web environments easily and without the need for programming skills. Will DIY tools like these make it easier to get to the Metaverse reality?
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Media

Submission + - Feature Film Created Within Virtual Gaming Environ->

ubergoober writes: Voig.com and Full Stealth Films released the first installment of a feature length, high-definition (HD) film, entitled MMOvie. The film will be released in segments to enable HD-quality streaming across the internet and allow viewers to influence the outcome of the film through voting. A ten minute segment represents approximately 60-80 GB of uncompressed HD footage, but through the use of advanced codecs and Ooyala's adaptive bitrate technology we are able to maximize video quality for each individual user The entire film is shot within the online video game, World of Warcraft and is an ongoing production. http://prweb.com/releases/2008/3/prweb773474.htm
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