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Submission + - You can have a phone do whatever you want it to do (

algodon07 writes: Today we see the launch of Android SDK, the open source platform for mobile phones. Nick Sears the co-founder of Android said that it was too difficult to get products out to the consumers in a timely fashion and they thought the missing link was not having an open platform. That was the motivation for the development of Android.
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Submission + - Windows 98 Blue Screen of Death tattoo (

mytrip writes: "Back in the day, it was skulls, snakes and Iron Maiden's undead mascot, Eddie. In the post-heavy-metal Internet era, to express your anguish, malaise, or traumatic childhood, you have to get a tattoo of the Blue Screen of Death on your arm.

The artist, 23-year-old Sam Rulz of Auckland, New Zealand, has this to say: "Paul's tattoo is based on the Windows 98 error code, which is what you see when your pc is f**ed. ..."

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Submission + - Escaping the Malthusian Trap (

Hugh Pickens writes: "The New York Times is running a story on Dr. Gregory Clark's book "A Farewell to Alms" that explains how the Industrial Revolution came about after thousands of years when most people on earth lived in abject poverty, first as hunters and gatherers, then as peasants or laborers. Dr. Clark, an economic historian at UC Davis, contends that prior to the industrial revolution, the economy was locked in a Malthusian trap — each time new technology increased the efficiency of production a little, the population grew, the extra mouths ate up the surplus, and average income fell back to its former level. After researching medieval economic data for the past 20 years, Clark has come to the conclusion that the surge in economic growth that occurred in England around 1800 came about because of the new behaviors of nonviolence, literacy, long working hours and a willingness to save that he says were transmitted either culturally or genetically. According to Clark, between 1200 and 1800, the rich had more surviving children than the poor and this caused constant downward social mobility as the poor failed to reproduce themselves and the progeny of the rich took over their occupations. Around 1790, a steady upward trend in production efficiency first emerged that made possible England's escape from the Malthusian trap and the emergence of the Industrial Revolution."

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Using a mixture of oils and directed beams of light, scientists have produced detailed 3D images of the neural networks inside a whole mouse brain


Submission + - Nanotechnology optical cloaking design for invisib

hakaii writes: Star Trek fans rejoice — researchers in the U.S., using nanotechnology, have taken a big step toward creating an optical cloaking device that could render objects invisible by guiding light around anything placed inside this cloak. The design does, however, have a major limitation: It works only for any single wavelength, and not for the entire frequency range of the visible spectrum — yet. More:

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