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Submission + - Finally a detergentless washing machine

Deepa writes: "There is a new way of washing clothes (if that's what you call it), washing it without soap! Haier's WasH20 washing machine does not need soap. As if added fragrance, germfree, odor free and stain free washing were not enough; now we got to cope with soap free as well! The WasH20 washing machine works by breaking down water molecules into OH- and H+ ions; the stains on the linens are "attracted and retained by ions of OH-, while the clothes are sterilized by the H+ ions.""

Submission + - Building Artificial Bone From Mineralised Collagen

Late-Eight writes: "Researchers from the National University of Singapore, have recently developed a new way to make artificial bone from mineralised collagen.

For some time scientists have tried to make nanosized artificial bone materials using various methods, And have recently turned their attention to mineralised collagen, a nanoapatite/collagen composite. This material is highly biocompatible and has the nanostructure of artificial bone. It could be used in bone grafts and bone-tissue engineering, among other applications."

Submission + - Study shows smart people more likely to be virgins (

Jack M. writes: "'Each additional point of IQ increased the odds of virginity by 2.7% for males and 1.7% for females', Jason Malloy writes in a coherent(!) blog-posted discussion of research previously done by institutions such as the University of North Carolina and MiT's college magazine (PDF warning); the results reiterate what every slashdotter has known for quite some time and prove to be an interesting piece of statistics. "Only 65% of MIT graduate students have had sex", writes Jason before breaking down the results by major: "[The chart shows] that 0% of studio art majors were virgins, but 72% of biology majors [...] and 83% of biochem and math majors were virgins!".

Ironically, or perhaps encouragingly, Computer Science majors were further down the bell curve than I personally expected, with roughly 40% of CS Majors declaring virginity. The majors most likely to have virginal scholars are Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Mathematics (physics does not appear on the chart), and the major with the least number of virgins, at 0%, was Studio Art."


Submission + - Interested in artificial intelligence? ( 1

otoom writes: "Interested in artificial intelligence? In an artificial mind prototype? In its scaled-up development?

Check it out: the program (3 variations), the code, the manual (definitely!), the tests -

also: the model itself (how the mind works), the papers, articles, and confirmations -

- all at

Yes, the programs do run as of now and exhibit cognitive behaviour.

What I can't do is to get anywhere near the scale of the wetware and move it into a distributive mode.

What's needed therefore is a Unix platform or such, someone who knows about distributed systems, and can access hardware with adequate memory.

PS: in case you're wondering why you haven't heard of it anyway, the answer is on that website too ...

PPS: ... and it is not a 'latest hypothesis'."

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Submission + - China's Open Document Format (

eldavojohn writes: "While there's been a lot of talk of the open document formats in the states, we have to realize that China's facing the same dilemma. And that's nothing to ignore with the largest population of the world under it's governance. The blog starts by pointing out they will most likely merge their current standard with either OOXML or ODF. The bulk of this blog points out why OOXML shouldn't be ISO certified and the biggest problem for Microsoft's standard: "Another Standard, Microsoft does not support, is the specification RFC 3987, which defines UTF-8 capable Internet addresses. Consequently, OOXML does not support, to use Chinese characters within a Web address." This would be problematic for many languages, not just Chinese."

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