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Biotech

Submission + - For women nothing's like the smell of men's sweat

gollum123 writes: "From CNN, Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley said women who sniffed a chemical found in male sweat experienced elevated levels of an important hormone, along with higher sexual arousal, faster heart rate and other effects ( http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/02/08/men.sweat.reu t/index.html ). They said the study, published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, represents the first direct evidence that people secrete a scent that influences the hormones of the opposite sex. The researchers measured levels of the hormone cortisol in the saliva of 48 female undergraduates at Berkeley, average age of about 21, after the women took 20 sniffs from a jar of androstadienone. Cortisol levels in the women who smelled androstadienone shot up within roughly 15 minutes and stayed elevated for up to an hour. Consistent with previous research, the women also reported improved mood, higher sexual arousal, and had increased blood pressure, heart rate and breathing. The study did not determine whether the increase in cortisol levels triggered mood or arousal changes or whether those changes themselves caused the cortisol elevation."
Microsoft

Microsoft Not Dropping Hotmail Name 202

EveryNickIsTaken writes "CNET News.com is reporting that despite planning for months to ditch the name 'Hotmail' for 'Windows Live Mail,' Microsoft will keep the Hotmail name, renaming the service 'Windows Live Hotmail.' Along with the slight name change, MS will be modifying the interface to look more like Outlook's GUI."
Biotech

Submission + - Brain scanner can read people's intentions

Vainglorious Coward writes: Reality continues to catch up with Nineteen Eighty-Four with the announcement of the development of a brain scanner that can read a person's intentions. 'It's like shining a torch around, looking for writing on a wall,' said the leader of the project, Professor John-Dylan Haynes . Demonstrating his own mastery of doublethink, Haynes continued 'We see the danger that this might become compulsory one day, but we have to be aware that if we prohibit it, we are also denying people who aren't going to commit any crime the possibility of proving their innocence.'
Announcements

Submission + - Sweedish Doomsday Seed Bank

millermiller writes: From the BBC: The Arctic vault will act as a back-up store for a global network of seed banks financially supported by the trust. Dr Fowler said that a proportion of the seeds housed at these banks would be deposited at Svalbard, which will act as a "living Fort Knox". Although the vault was designed to protect the specimens from catastrophic events, he added that it could also be used to replenish national seed banks.
Portables (Games)

Submission + - Apple TV A Gaming Platform?

Anonymous Reader writes: "According to MacRumors, an interview with Wired, Greg Canessa, indicates that the Apple TV is being targetted as a gaming device, and that Apple "will begin to compete in the video game console market to counter pressure from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo to dominate the living room." However, there are a lot of mixed remarks as to whether this is really true or not, and if it is even possible. It's now Apple, Inc, so I suppose anything is possible!"
Mozilla

Submission + - Gecko 1.9 Alpha 2 released

An anonymous reader writes: Gecko 1.9 Alpha 2 has been released. This version includes significant changes to the layout engine, including support for inline-block and inline-table, resolution of all remaining issues with the ACID2 test, incremental rendering of XML, and more.
Networking

Submission + - A Different Way To Do 10 Gig Ethernet

sohan writes: The register carries an interesting article on doing 10 Gig Ethernet without offloading it to the network card. Solarflare, a recent startup, seems to have created a controller that splits packet processing between the host CPU and the network card. They claim an 80% savings in power consumption which can only mean good news for air-conditioners worldwide!
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - USB Telephone That Works With EVERYTHING?

An anonymous reader writes: I've been looking around for a good USB telephone, and completely unimpressed with what I've seen and tried lately. But I ran across a pretty amazing telephone and software package that I think is so unique that I haven't found anything else like it, and wanted to share. It's called the ZiPhone II from 'Simple Simon' in the US. Their website goes on to tell how this thing works with a ton of different voice/video chatters with special integration with each, and say it works with everything. Is this possible?
Biotech

Mice Cured of Autism 233

noahisaac writes "My brother just sent me an article he posted for the Rett Syndrome Research Foundation about a cure for Rett Syndrome, a form of autism. According to the article, researchers successfully re-introduced a fully functional version of the MECP2 gene into mice that had been born with damaged MECP2 genes. Contrary to their expectations, the mice improved. In the article's words, 'restoration of fully functional MECP2 over a four week period eradicated tremors and normalized breathing, mobility and gait in mice that had previously been fully symptomatic and, in some cases, only days away from death.' The ramifications for people suffering from Rett Syndrome are obvious, but mutations of the MECP2 gene are also believed to be the cause of 'classic' autism, and a number of other neurological disorders."
Patents

Submission + - Peer-to-Patent Expected To Go Live in April, 2007

Throtex writes: "Dennis Crouch at Patently-O informs us that the USPTO's Peer-to-Patent project is expected to go live in a couple of months. It links to Beth Noveck's most recent paper on this effort. Inquiring minds want to know — will YOU contribute to the effort to strengthen patents? Will this make examiner's jobs easier, finding better references more easily, or open the floodgates with references submitted by engineers with no knowledge of the patent process and claim interpretation? At worst, this should make people more aware of what claim interpretation involves."
Windows

Submission + - Triple Boot on the Mac Pro

yonp writes: Here is a guide on how to install the Windows Vista OS on the Mac Pro and triple boot it in XP, Vista and Mac OS X. How fast is the Mac Pro for Vista? Vista has an experience score that tells you how fast and capable your PC is. The scale currently runs from 1.0 to 5.9. The Mac Pro scored 5.9 on almost all tests.
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Xbox-360 1080p games coming

rwven writes: '1080p is the resolution of the gods. Promised by Sony, attainable by few displays, and argued about all over the Internet, 1080p is something that doesn't affect many television owners while remaining a major sticking point in the current console wars. Microsoft gave the 360 the ability to run games in 1080p in the October firmware update...' EA and Sega are both producing games which will render on the 360 in 1080p. Does this change the playing field for the next generation of console games?

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