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Science

Submission + - NanotechTea Bag’To Filter Water for Pennies (singularityhub.com)

kkleiner writes: Researchers at Stellenbosch University’s Water Institute have developed a new water filtration system that uses activated carbon and nanofibers to quickly filter out pathogens. The carbon and nanofibers are placed in common tea bags and then fitted into a bottle. Fill the bottle with dubious water, install a filter, and drink. It’s that easy. The ultimate price for these ‘tea bag’ nanfiber filters could be around half a cent (USD) each and be able to handle around 1 L before being replaced.
The Internet

Submission + - Top 100 Web Sites of 2010

adeelarshad82 writes: Staying true to its tradition, PCMag released it's latest list of Top 100 websites based on suggestions from readers and staff members. As always, the list is broken down into two broad categories, the classic websites and the undiscovered websites. The two are distinguished based on a set of rules such as, if the site has been on the Top 100 before, it's out of contention for the Undiscovered list and other guidelines which bring time, traffic, and exposure into consideration. The two categories are further broken down into Apps, Fun, Info, News, Shopping, Social and Tech. None of the sites in the Top 100 are mobile only. The sites also aren't download-based, that means no browser plug-ins and no desktop apps. Finally, only free websites were taken into consideration.

Submission + - BBC News - Why the US keeps minting coins people h (bbc.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: In hidden vaults across the country, the US government is building a stockpile of $1 coins. The hoard has topped $1.1bn — imagine a stack of coins reaching almost seven times higher than the International Space Station — and the piles have grown so large the US Federal Reserve is running out of storage space.

Americans won't use the coins, preferring $1 notes. But the US keeps minting them anyway, and the Fed estimates it already has enough $1 coins to last the next 10 years.

Microsoft

Submission + - Can VMware Put a Dent in MS Exchange? (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "'Exchange killers' come and go, but InfoWorld's Eric Knorr sees VMware's new Zimbra appliance as a credible competitor for Microsoft's Exchange user base. 'The appliance option addresses the large chunk of business customers that remain wary of ceding email to the cloud. Plus, the appliance is intended to reduce switching and ownership costs by making deployment and maintenance a snap. If Zimbra can pull that off, it will certainly have a leg up on Exchange. 'The appliance runs vSphere inside, which simplifies high availability, backup, and disaster recovery. Ubuntu runs under the Zimbra Collaboration Suite, but it's essentially embedded and invisible, so no Linux skills are required. Direct comparisons are complicated but VMware claims that its appliance solution costs between 35 and 50 percent less than Exchange.'"
Medicine

Submission + - Researchers Regenerate Nerves After Spinal Injury (gizmag.com)

fergus07 writes: About two percent of Americans — more than six million people — have some form of paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury, which is due primarily to the interruption of connections between the brain and spinal cord. Such paralysis and loss of function has long been considered untreatable, but a new approach has, for the first time, induced robust regeneration of nerve connections that control voluntary movement, showing the potential for new therapeutic approaches to paralysis and other motor function impairments and offering hope to sufferers.
Data Storage

Submission + - New Toshiba Drives Wipe Data When Turned Off (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: Toshiba on Tuesday introduced a new hard drive feature that can wipe out data after the storage devices are powered down. The Wipe feature in Toshiba's SED (Self-Encrypting Drives) will allow for deletion of secure data prior to disposing or repurposing hard drives, Toshiba said. The technology invalidates a hard-drive security key when a system's power supply is turned off. The new Wipe capability will go into future versions of the SED drives, for which no timeframe was given. Beyond use in PCs, Toshiba wants to put this feature on storage devices in copiers and printers.
Quickies

Submission + - Apple App Store Hits 1,000,000,000 Downlaods

An anonymous reader writes: Apple's App Store for iPhone and iPod Touch has served its one-billionth application, only nine months after the store opened. Connor Mulcahey from Weston, Connecticut is the 13 year-old who downloaded the billionth App Store software called Bump, a tool for swapping information such as contact details and photos. His lucky click sees him rewarded with a boatload of Apple goodies including a MacBook Pro, 32GB iPod Touch, Time Capsule and $10,000 iTunes gift certificate. In other news, Windows Mobile is out of excuses. The last one being Steve Ballmer touting the fact they had 18,000 applications available for the platform, which has long been surpassed by Apple's 30K+ portfolio.

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