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Biotech

Submission + - South Korean scientists create glowing dog (reuters.com)

cultiv8 writes: "A research team from Seoul National University (SNU) said the genetically modified female beagle, named Tegon and born in 2009, has been found to glow fluorescent green under ultraviolet light if given a doxycycline antibiotic, the report said.

The researchers, who completed a two-year test, said the ability to glow can be turned on or off by adding a drug to the dog's food.

"The creation of Tegon opens new horizons since the gene injected to make the dog glow can be substituted with genes that trigger fatal human diseases," the news agency quoted lead researcher Lee Byeong-chun as saying.

He said the dog was created using the somatic cell nuclear transfer technology that the university team used to make the world's first cloned dog, Snuppy, in 2005."

Submission + - An Entirely New Genre Of Aircraft Arrives (gizmag.com) 1

fergus07 writes: Austrian research company IAT21 has presented a new type of aircraft at the Paris Air Show which has the potential to become aviation's first disruptive technology since the jet engine. Neither fixed wing nor rotor craft, the D-Dalus uses four, mechanically-linked, contra-rotating, cylindrical turbines for its propulsion, and by altering the angle of the blades, it can launch vertically, hover perfectly still, move in any direction, and thrust upwards and hence "glue down" upon landing, which it can easily do on the deck of a ship, or even a moving vehicle. It's also almost silent, has the dynamic stability to enter buildings, handles rough weather with ease, flies very long distances very quickly and can lift very heavy loads. It accordingly holds immense promise as a platform for personal flight, for military usage, search and rescue, and much more.

Submission + - Bittorrent and uTorrent sued for protocol (torrentfreak.com)

dutchwhizzman writes: "Bittorrent and uTorrent are sued for using techniques in their clients and the bittorrent protocol. From the article it appears that technologies are used that were submitted in a 1999 patent, that was approved in 2007. This itself is not uncommon, but reading what technologies are used, HTTP could very well be prior use, or violating at least part of the same protocol."

Submission + - Japan Criminalizes Virus Creation (mainichi.jp)

camperslo writes: This legislation is a major move for Japan since the constitution there provides for privacy of communications, in sharp contrast with some other countries.

"Japan's parliament enacted legislation Friday criminalizing the creation or distribution of computer viruses to crack down on the growing problem of cybercrimes, but critics say the move could infringe on the constitutionally guaranteed privacy of communications.

With the bill to revise the Penal Code passing the House of Councillors by an overwhelming majority, the government intends to conclude the Convention on Cybercrime, a treaty that stipulates international cooperation in investigating crimes in cyberspace."

AMD

Submission + - AMD Fusion System Architecture Detailed (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: "At the first AMD Fusion Developer Summit near Seattle this week, AMD revealed quite a bit of information about its next-generation GPU architecture and the eventual goals it has for the CPU/GPU combinations known as APUs. The company is finally moving away from a VLIW architecture and instead is integrating a vector+scalar design that allows for higher utilization of compute units and easier hardware scheduling. AMD laid out a 3-year plan to offer features like unified address space and fully coherent memory for the CPU and GPU that have the potential to dramatically alter current programming models. We will start seeing these features in GPUs released later in 2011."
NASA

Submission + - NASA Discovers Magnetic "Bubbles" on the Border (heaven4geeks.com)

kingkaos69 writes: You would never know it from Earth, but the entire Solar System is encapsulated in a massive magnetic field produced by the sun. The border between that magnetic field and interstellar space is called the heliopause. Astrophysicists used to think it was a smooth, discrete barrier: one moment you're in the Solar System, and after breaking through it, you're outside and subject..
Patents

Submission + - Microsoft looses $290 million patent battle (engadget.com)

An anonymous reader writes: engadget.com reports that by a unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court has upheld the patent-infringement finding against Redmond. Today's Supreme Court verdict upholds the lower courts' decisions: Microsoft Word is an infringing product, and the company now owes $290 million.
Power

Submission + - Does nuclear power require a new world order? (msn.com)

mdsolar writes: "An analysis of leaked diplomatic cables shows grave concerns about the ability of developing countries to secure nuclear reactors they are having built. While 'atoms for peace' and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty call for spreading nuclear technology far and wide, there could be problems in unstable regions according to the report. Do we need a new world order to control security at nuclear power plants around the world? Would it really be any different than the security provided to FSU nuclear sites by the US? How much sovereignty should be traded for a bite at the nuclear apple?"
Linux

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Convert SB to Linux? 1

randyleepublic writes: "I am the sole IT guy at a small biotech startup. We are a Win shop. We are going to be ramping up operations in the near future as a result of new funding sources.

While I believe that Window XP64 is the all-around best OS yet produced by man, I am disgusted with MS’s deliverables in the last 5 year or so. I don’t see any hope that Redmond will get back on track, so I give up, and am ready to jump ship.

Linux seems like the only viable alternative for us, but how do I find the experts that, having used Linux before, I know I am going to need? I tried to write the big two, IBM and RedHat, and ask for help, but apparently they are not very interested in actually helping people in return for payments of cash money, as neither of them responded to my entreaties.

Suggestions?"
Programming

Submission + - Tiny cores are here, and they change programming (futurechips.org) 3

An anonymous reader writes: Intel is returning to in-order cores after two decades with Atom and Knights. ARM is already building in-order cores for iPhones, iPads, and Androids. IBM has switched to in-order cores after building generations of out-of-order cores. This indicates a clear trend that in-order cores are back in the mainstream. Highlighting the performance characteristics of in-order and out-of-order cores, Dr. Aater Suleman's article explains why programming for in-order cores is very different from programming for the now-traditional out-of-order cores. Thus, this new trend requires a change in compilers, tools, and programming techniques. Compilers need to get better at removing useless code and instruction scheduling. Programmers need to weigh new trade-offs and perform classic optimizations that have been forgotten. I liked this article particularly for the very simple code examples and a simple explanation of in-order and out-of-order differences. The message is clear: programmers and compilers need to understand in-order cores and target their code better.
Privacy

Submission + - 8000 credit card details unleashed in bank breach (scmagazine.com.au)

mask.of.sanity writes: Australia's largest bank, the Commonwealth Bank, has cancelled 8,000 credit cards after it detected a data breach at a merchant.
Mastercard and Visa may issue penalties including fines to the acquiring bank under the payment industry’s PCI-DSS compliance rules.
News of breaches is uncommon in Australia because the nation does not have data breach disclosure laws.

Government

Submission + - Lockheed Martin Suffers Major Network Disruption (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: According to a report coming from Reuters, Lockheed Martin, the largest provider of IT services, systems integration, and training to the U.S. Government, is experiencing a major disruption to its computer systems, possibly related to a network security issue, sources familiar with the issue told Reuters on Thursday.

SecurityWeek reached out to Lockheed Martin for comment but the company declined to provide any specific information or acknowledge any disruption. “As a matter of policy, we don’t discuss specific threats or responses. However, to counter any threats, we regularly take actions to increase the security of our systems and to protect our employee, customer and program data,” Lockheed Martin spokesman Jeffrey Adams wrote in an email to SecurityWeek.

While this is a developing story with few details available, it’s important to note that network disruption does not automatically mean a breach has occurred. The United States Department of Defense has more than 7 million systems that are “probed” by unauthorized users 250,000 times every hour, according to a statement from General Keith Alexander last year. It’s not uncommon for segments of networks to be shut down as a protective measure in the event a significant attack or threat is detected.

Lockheed Martin operates two cyber security intelligence centers, one 5,000 square foot center in Denver, and one 8,000 square foot facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland,which are operated by its Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT).

Science

Submission + - The Universe's 'missing mass' - found by undergrad (monash.edu.au)

brindafella writes: "Filaments attached to superclusters seems an obvious place to look for the 'missing' matter in the universe — now! An undergrad at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, working on a six-week paid astrophysics research internship over the holidays, has found what has eluded astrophysicists. A search through X-ray and 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey data showed Amelia Fraser-McKelvie that there was a significant mass of baryons (fundamental components of atoms) in the galactic filaments. The peer-reviewed paper has been published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society."

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