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Submission + - Fruity cocktails may count as health food...

Ant writes: "Reuters report that A fruity cocktail may not only be fun to drink but may count as health food according to United States/U.S. and Thai researchers. Adding ethanol — the type of alcohol found in rum, vodka, tequila and other spirits — boosted the antioxidant nutrients in strawberries and blackberries, the researchers found. Any colored fruit might be made even more healthful with the addition of a splash of alcohol, they report in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. Seen on Blue's News."
The Internet

Submission + - Free fashion advice for geeks

Sanity writes: "Wondering whether that T-shirt you got at DEFCON, and those jeans you have worn since high school are as flattering as they could be? Pocket Fashionista allows you to upload a photo of yourself and get friendly but honest feedback from fashion-minded experts. The site is simple, easy to use, and implemented in Ruby on Rails, so its definitely buzzword-compliant. Could this be the turning point for geek-fashion?"
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Submission + - Escort agency launches virgin service for geeks

6Yankee writes: A Dutch escort agency is offering a "virgin service" — and most of the customers work in IT. Says boss Zoe Vialet: "They are very sweet but are afraid of seeking contact with other people. They mean it very well but are very scared." In what might be considered a very cunning move, the three-hour-minimum appointment includes — a bath.
Power

Submission + - Storing hydrogen into organic molecules

Roland Piquepaille writes: "While it is possible to store hydrogen in metal containers to use as fuel in hydrogen-powered vehicles, it is not today a cost-effective solution. But now, researchers at the University of California at Riverside (UCR) have identified organic molecules that mimic metals. They've used carbenes, molecules which contain a carbon atom with only six electrons, to demonstrate that these organic molecules could be used for storing hydrogen. Read more for additional references and a picture of such a very special molecule."
Communications

Submission + - Robust Surface Navigation could replace GPS

GadgetMike writes: "The Global Positioning System is the only navigation system operational at the time speaking and the world depends on it. The event of something happening to the system could really cause chaos. That's why the United States are trying to develop some alternative technologies which should be unable to fulfill the GPS's tasks in case the last one is unusable. One of them is called the RSN (Robust Surface Navigation) project, developed by the joint forces of some major companies under the lead of the giant Boeing. Link: http://www.gadgetroad.com/design/robust-surface-na vigation-could-be-an-alternative-to-gps/2007/04/20 /"

Feed High school students laser-enable the disabled (engadget.com)

Filed under: Wearables


The students on the Palo Alto High School InvenTeam arrived at the Stanford Cool Products Expo this year with a new system designed to allow quadriplegics to operate all kinds of gadgets and appliances. The user shakes his head to activate a glasses-mounted laser, which he can then point at sensors embedded in an array of custom triggers placed around the home. So far the team's nailed the basic on/off circuit needed for lights, fans, and a pet food dispenser (which is currently shelling out M&M's to Expo attendees), but the real noise is their plan to extend the system by building a small robot that will perform various tasks. According to the school, team captain Guy Davidson was only kidding a little when he said the team hoped "to have [the user] vacuuming in a few weeks." While this isn't the first time we've seen lasers used to assist the disabled, you gotta wonder what's going to happen to their altruisitic spirit when these kids realize they can also just headmount one of those crazy high-powered laser pointers.

Read - CNET Cool Products Expo video (second item)
Read - Palo Alto High School press release (6MB PDF)

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Patents

Submission + - IBM patents dynamic web pages

bluehat writes: From the patent 7,058,671: A method and system for delivering dynamic web pages in the INTERNET. Compiled programs embedding static queries to a database are stored on a server computer; view templates with HTML tags defining the layout of corresponding dynamic web pages and data tags instructing where and how to include each record of the query result into the respective dynamic web page are further stored on the server computer. When a dynamic web page must be distributed, the corresponding program is run, and the query result is stored into a shared memory structure. The query result is combined with the corresponding view template, by replacing the data tags with the associated records in the shared memory structure. The resulting web page is then distributed to client computers of the network.

Better start converting all your websites back to static page content. Seriously, folks this is not funny.
Privacy

Submission + - Clean slate Internet projects mean end to privacy?

srijon writes: this article by Steve Watson observes that recently discussed clean slate Internet projects pay scant regard to privacy. From the article:

In tandem with broad data retention legislation currently being introduced worldwide, such "clean slate" projects may represent a considerable threat to the freedom of the internet as we know it. EU directives and US proposals for data retention may mean that any normal website or blog would have to fall into line with such new rules and suddenly total web regulation would become a reality.
Though the article lacks any "smoking gun", it provides a good summary of existing efforts to clamp down on the net. Certainly Standford's clean slate white paper is alarming because it pays scant regard to privacy, stating only that the new internet should "support anonymity where prudent, and accountability where necessary."
Microsoft

Submission + - FS activist slams Gates in Beijing ceremony

luxiake writes: According to local newspaper (jingling wanbao), on 21th of april 2007 Bill Gates was publicly contestated by a Linux developer during an official ceremony at Beijing University. The man interrupted Mr. Gates speech by jumping onto the stage and waving a banner with the words "Free software, Open Source" written in english, and shouting in both languages "Long life to free software, Chinese need Free software". He was apprehended by guards and handed over to local police.
Pictures can be found at Xinhua
(http://news.xinhuanet.com/forum/2007-04/21/conten t_6007049.htm)

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