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Climate, Habitat Threaten Wild Coffee Species 274

Posted by timothy
from the ok-panic dept.
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

by ubergoober (#29464137) Attached to: Casual Games Quickly Transforming the MMO Market

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

by ubergoober (#29422327) Attached to: Google Wants To Ease News Browsing With Fast Flip

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.

Technology (Apple)

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

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ubergoober
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

Posted by kdawson
from the positively-shocking dept.
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

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

Submitted by ubergoober
ubergoober (151136) 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

+ - Feature Film Created Within Virtual Gaming Environ->

Submitted by ubergoober
ubergoober (151136) 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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