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Biotech

Submission + - Cure for AIDS, cancer found in 1990?

An anonymous reader writes: In the Fall of 1990, two medical researchers, Drs. William Lyman and Steven Kaali, working at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City made an important discovery. They found that they could inactivate the HIV virus by applying a low voltage direct current electrical potential with an extremely small current flow to AIDS infected blood in a test tube. More info here and here. Video can be found here.
Biotech

Submission + - Turning RNA On

dptalia writes: "Scientists from the University of California have found a way to turn RNA on. This boosts RNA activity and researchers are hopeful this can be used to fight cancer by boosting tumor supressor genes. The way to turn on RNA was found accidentally — the scientists we trying to supress RNA activity when they stumbled on the way to boost it."
Data Storage

Submission + - What not to do with your data...

Tiny Tim writes: Stupidity strikes! A data recovery company has revealed the dumbest data disasters it's confronted this year — including rotting bananas, smelly socks and a university professor's foolhardy application of WD-40...
Networking

Submission + - UK broadband going down the drain

Plum Root writes: Fibre is no stranger to the sewer. But the UK's Victorian drainage infrastructure is turning out to be an effective home for fibre optics too (as seen here). Laying cables down there is faster and cheaper apparently. And "there are no blockage issues" either. Bonus.
Programming

Submission + - Valve's new direction on multicore processors

illeism writes: Ars Technica has a good piece on Valve's about face on multithread and multicore application in programming.
FTA — "...we were treated to an unveiling of the company's new programming strategy, which has been completely realigned around supporting multiple CPU cores. Valve is planning on more than just supporting them. It wants to make the absolute maximum use of the extra power to deliver more than just extra frames per second, but also a more immersive gaming experience."

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