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Submission + - Candy Coating Inspires Lab-Grown Blood Vessels (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Scientists have developed a water-soluble carbohydrate glass based on a decoration used on cakes and lollipops. The material can be cast into a variety of shapes, is completely nontoxic, and, when it has done its job, will dissolve naturally in the moist environment of lab-grown tissue, leaving behind spaces that can carry blood to cells. The advance solves one of the major problems of growing new organs in the laboratory.

Submission + - Squadron of lost WWII Spitfires to be exhumed in Burma (foxnews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Like a treasure chest stuffed with priceless booty, as many as 20 World War II-era Spitfire planes are perfectly preserved, buried in crates beneath Burma — and after 67 years underground, they're set to be uncovered. The planes were shipped in standard fashion in 1945 from their manufacturer in England to the Far East country: waxed, wrapped in greased paper and tarred to protect against the elements. They were then buried in the crates they were shipped in, rather than let them fall into enemy hands, said David Cundall, an aviation enthusiast who has spent 15 years and about $200,000 in his efforts to reveal the lost planes.

Submission + - Will.I.Am and Dean Kamen Want Kids to be excited about STEM

EuNao writes: "There is an interesting piece just posted by Will.I.Am and Dean Kamen, they want to get children excited about Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. They have teamed up with several sponsors and have launched a contest that aims at doing just that, Wouldn't It Be Cool If. The aim of this contest to get children to dream up the coolest idea to make their lives more awesome. It is open to kids ten to fifteen years old, here are the contest rules. The submission deadline is next Wednesday, March 28th."

Submission + - "Space Freighter" blasts off to Internation Space Station (bbc.co.uk)

SchrodingerZ writes: An ATV "Space truck" has launched today from Kourou base in French Guiana to the International Space Station. "The robotic truck is heading to the International Space Station (ISS) with new supplies of food, water, air, and fuel." It launched at 04:34 GMT for a 63 minute flight into orbit. At 20 tonnes, the ATV is the biggest ship servicing the station now that the US shuttles have been retired . The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) launched with a Ariane 5 carrier rocket, it is the "third such craft to be sent to the station by Esa (European Space Agency)" and is the third to be launched thus far. It will dock with the ISS night of the 28th and 29th, Paris time.

Submission + - Fun with Tablets: Time-lapse video recording with the Transformer Prime (youtube.com)

MufasaZX writes: "Android's camera app' has been able to do time-lapse video recording since 3.0, but the ASUS Transformer Prime has taken it to a new level. Clear 1080P video from a large aperture camera, ample storage, and a keyboard/battery/dock that not only serves as an easy stand or mounting surface, but also gives enough power to record hours of continuous footage without AC power. Last weekend I tied the poor thing onto the roof of my 4x4 like Romney's dog and hit the desert trails of Death Valley National Park, where 5 hours of canyons, dunes, and stunning landscape fly by in just 11 minutes."

Submission + - Linode Exploit Caused Theft Of Thousands Of Bitcoins (bitcoinmedia.com) 2

Sabbetus writes: Popular web hosting service Linode had a serious exploit earlier today. Apparently the super admin password for their server management panel was leaked and allowed a malicious attacker to target multiple Bitcoin-related servers. The biggest loss happened to a major Bitcoin mining pool that lost over 3000 BTC, which is currently worth almost 15 000 USD. Now the question is, will Linode compensate for lost bitcoins?

Submission + - Google gets approval to buy Motorola (examiner.com)

An anonymous reader writes: From the Article:
Today, the European Commission approved the acquisition of Motorola by Google. Joaquín Almunia, Commission Vice President in charge of competition polices stated that they will be continuing to watch Google as the acquisition goes through. It was a unanimous decision by the Commission as well. The European Commission and the United States Justice Department often coordinate over big deals like this, so it is very likely the deal will get approval by the US within a few weeks.


Submission + - Wikipedia hasn't forgiven GoDaddy (networkworld.com)

netbuzz writes: "The fact that a month and a half has gone by and Wikipedia still hasn’t followed through on Jimmy Wales public threat to remove its domain name registrations from GoDaddy over the latter’s early support of SOPA has some concerned that the online encyclopedia may have had a change of heart. After all, GoDaddy did withdraw its backing of the controversial antipiracy legislation, at least publicly. But fear not, SOPA foes, as Wikipedia says its days with GoDaddy are indeed numbered and that number is getting very small."

Submission + - Bloggers Sneak into Russian Rocket Factory 3

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Remember Elena, who took us on motorcycle tour through Chernoby in 2004. Now young Russian blogger Lana Sator has broken into the Energomash plant outside Moscow showing a decrepit and seemingly deserted plant, with paint peeling off machinery and piles of junk outside. She and her friends apparently sneaked through a hole in the fence under cover of darkness and were able to access many of the plant's buildings unchallenged, including the control room. Russian media cited a senior space agency official, speaking anonymously, who describes the breach as a shock of the same scale as German pilot Mathias Rust's brazen Cessna flight under Soviet radar to land on Red Square in 1987 while Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin says the security failure is "unacceptable," warning in a televised meeting with Roskosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin that "sleepy cats" who fail to maintain security at strategic defense sites face punishment. Sator has posted pictures of decrepit-looking hardware on her blog (google translate) from inside a rusted engine-fuel testing tower and the plant's control room."

Submission + - Living Biopixel Display Created From E. Coli (ucsd.edu)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed an innovative living biopixel display made from E. Coli bacteria. The pulsating fluorescent pixels are made from genetically modified E. Coli bacteria that have been coupled with a fluorescent protein that tunes a whole batch of bacteria to the same bio-cycle. In addition to glowing in unison, the bacteria’s pulsing patterns change with the introduction of certain toxins, like arsenic.

Submission + - Law That Allows Summary Closing of Websites Passed (elpais.com)

Sir Mal Fet writes: In a very polemic move by the Spanish parliament, the infamous 'Sinde' law, already discussed here, was passed on December 31st. Albeit modified from their original version, the law will allow the Spanish government to request ISPs to summary close a website due to copyright infringment (Original in Spanish, Google translation). If the ISP refuses, then it's passed to court where a judge can order the website closed. It seems it's one good, one bad over there. The law is in public consult until March, and No Les Votes, a Spanish organization that opposes the law, has already started a campaign to boicot it (Original in Spanish; Google translation).

Submission + - Google Testing Completely Revamped Look (bbc.co.uk)

SharkLaser writes: Google's search engine has always looked pretty much the same since it was introduced in 1998. However, Google is now testing a revamped look that is the largest change the search engine has ever done to its website. The new look strips the black bar running horizontally at top and places it as an openable menu on the left side. The move is said to promote Google's other services without making the search engine too cluttered. The new side menu is also more similar to Chrome OS and allows Chromebook and Google's website to have the same look and feel. Another consequence of the move is that it now takes users two clicks to enter other services such as Images and News, which is said to improve the amount of ad clicks and visitors advertisers get. Considering that European Commission is examining claims of Google downgrading rival websites and U.S. senators are calling FTC to inspect Google for unfair practices, the move comes at a surprising time.

Submission + - Ocean Marketing Attempts To Extort Former Client (escapistmagazine.com) 1

ESRB writes: Paul Christoforo, recently in the news for his poor handling of a customer inquiry and attempt to smear Penny Arcade, is now attempting to extort a substantial amount of money from his former clients. He is holding their hosting and email hostage (notably, the original company has control of the domain name).

Submission + - Chinese Computer Hackers Hit U.S. Chamber of Comme (mindprocessors.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A group of hackers in China breached the computer defenses of America’s top business-lobbying group and gained access to

everything stored on its systems, including information about its three million members, according to several people familiar

with the matter.

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