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Submission + - Spider Silk Turned Into Electrical Wire Lead To 'Green' Electronics

ewolfson writes: Florida State University scientists have crafted microscopic wires out of spider silk that can conduct electricity.

The goal is to create new electronics that are as tough as they are eco-friendly. Spider silk is supposedly as strong as steel and as "impenetrable as Kevlar" — but now it can also conduct electricity. To give the spider silk this effect, the scientists coated each silk thread with carbon nanotubes.

The results are super strong conductors that are also fully biodegradable.

Submission + - Ancient Egyptians Made Iron Jewelry From Pieces of Meteorite, Archaeologists Say (

fangmcgee writes: Researchers at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at University College London have found that a collection of ancient jewelry is out of this world. The 5,000-year-old Egyptian beads, previously thought to be made from iron from Earth have been found to be made from hammered pieces of meteorite. Strung together with gold, gemstones, and other minerals, the beads pre-date iron smelting, showcasing the metalworking mastery of fourth millennium B.C. Egyptians.

Submission + - Guy DDoS's his old boss and gets caught (

An anonymous reader writes: Brian Krebs writes about a story abouy a hacker who gets caught doing DDoS attacks against his former employer. He ends up learning the hard way what NOT to do when launching DDoS attacks using Booter services.

Submission + - 5 Signs That Your Team Member Wants a Promotion (as told by Star Trek) (

Esther Schindler writes: A good manager needs to be constantly on the lookout for signals of ambition, lest their subordinates move on to a job where a career path doesn't have a stop sign or they may look to Mirror Chekov as an example. Carol Pinchefsky uses examples from Star Trek to show managers how to tell that a protégée, assistant, team member, or red shirt is looking to move up in rank. Or maybe just get a different shirt.

And, as with so many of her articles, the article is both funny and a truly useful guide.

Your assistant has been busy lately. He isn’t just doing his job; he also is helping the new hire with hers. In addition to showing her the workings of the office coffee machine (obviously the most important part of the job), he has been answering the little questions that crop up every day, as well as the bigger questions such as procedures.

And when the new hire slips up, your assistant never once asks her for her agonizer.

Comfortably guiding a new employee and making her feel welcome in your group is one of many ways that your assistant plays well with others. And that’s something any decent corporate culture needs more of.

Besides, how often do you get to watch Star Trek clips and tell yourself they are helping you be a better team lead?

Submission + - Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: After a long and protracted trial, Judge Denise Lind has handed down a sentence in the Bradley Manning case: 35 years and a dishonorable discharge. Manning initially faced a maximum sentence of 135 years, which was reduced to 90 years when Manning was found not guilty of Espionage Act offenses and certain other charged were merged. He has already served over 1000 days in prison, and his sentence will be reduced by 1,274 days.

Submission + - New Drug Mimics the Beneficial Effects of Exercise ( 2

Zothecula writes: A drug known as SR9009, which is currently under development at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), increases the level of metabolic activity in skeletal muscles of mice. Treated mice become lean, develop larger muscles and can run much longer distances simply by taking SR9009, which mimics the effects of aerobic exercise. If similar effects can be obtained in people, the reversal of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and perhaps Type-II diabetes might be the very welcome result.

Submission + - Buying Nail-Polish Remover? CVS Wants to Make Sure You're Not "Breaking Bad" (

fangmcgee writes: Prepare to be carded the next time you pick up nail-polish remover from CVS. Not only is the drugstore chain requesting identification from its customers, but it’s also limiting the number of bottles you can purchase. You can blame Breaking Bad’s Walter White and his real-life ilk for the new regulation, which was rolled out across southern New England over the past few weeks. Acetone, the clear, pungent, and highly flammable solvent found in most nail-polish removers, is a key ingredient in the production of methamphetamine, which is sold on the streets as “crystal meth.”

Submission + - Has anyone seen my rabbit?

geoskd writes: Scientists at the university of Hawaii have created glow in the dark rabbits. Where can I get my hands on one of these critters? It would drive the cats nuts! These guys are missing a bet, they could sell these things for big bucks and use the money to further fund their research. This is the perfect gift for the geek who has "everything".

Submission + - 9 Wearable Technologies That Will Give You Real-Life Superpowers (

fangmcgee writes: Take a page from Tony "Iron Man" Stark. You don't need radioactive spiders or cosmic rays to develop superpowers of your own. From T-shirts that repel bullets to a bodysuit that gives you brain-tingling "Spidey sense," here are nine wearable technologies to help you emulate your favorite caped crusader.

Submission + - Teen's 3D-Printed Prosthetic Could Aid Amputees in the Third World (

Zothecula writes: Advanced prosthetics have come a long way in the last few years, but the costs have also skyrocketed. A cheaper alternative may be on its way thanks to Easton LaChappelle, a 17-year old high school student from Colorado, who is using free online resources and the boom in inexpensive 3D printers to develop a functional prosthetic arm and hand. His projects have already earned him an invitation to the White House, and he's now working at NASA on the Robonaut team.

Submission + - Rare 388-Year-Old Bonsai Tree Survived Hiroshima Atomic Blast ( 1

Rebecka writes: According to a report from, one in particular, a rare Japanese White Pine from Miyajima is not only 388-years-old, but also reportedly survived the Hiroshima blast in Japan on Aug. 6, 1945. The bonsai, currently on display at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the United State National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., has been deemed a “Hiroshima Survivor.”

The bonsai which was originally created in 1625 and owned by the late Masaru Yamaki, a bonsai master and longtime member of the Japanese bonsai community, was reportedly caring for the specific tree among others the day of the Hiroshima bombing. According to the National Bonsai Foundation the tree survived even after the bomb exploding less than two miles from their family hom

Submission + - How Gamers Could Save the (Real) World (

Nerval's Lobster writes: Three years ago, game designer and author Jane McGonigal argued that saving the human race is going to require a major time investment—in playing video games. “If we want to solve problems like hunger, poverty, climate change, global conflict, obesity, I believe that we need to aspire to play games online for at least 21 billion hours a week [up from 3 billion today], by the end of the next decade,” she said in a TED talk. Her message was not ignored—and it has indirectly contributed to the formation of something called the Internet Response League (IRL). The small group has a big goal: to harness gamers’ time and use it to save lives after disasters, natural or otherwise. The idea is to insert micro-tasks into games, specifically asking gamers to tag photos of disaster areas. With the IRL plugin, each image would be shown to at least three people, who tag the photo as showing no damage, mild damage, or severe damage. The Internet Response League has been in talks with a couple of indie developers, including one that’s developing a new MMO. Mosur said they’ve tried to get in touch with World of Warcraft maker Blizzard, but haven’t had any luck yet. Blizzard did not return a request for comment from Slashdot.

Submission + - Google StreetView Goes Inside the Doctor's Tardis (

judgecorp writes: One of London's blue police telephone boxes is still standing outside Earl's Court tube station. Google's StreetView has gone inside and found that it is in fact the Tardis from Doctor Who. Full marks for a good Easter Egg, though disappointingly visitors emerge in the same time and place they entered the machine.

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