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Submission + - Komodo dragons kill with venom, not bacteria (

Digitus1337 writes: A new study dispels the widely accepted theory that the Komodo dragon kills by infecting its prey with toxic bacteria. Researchers say the Komodo dragon has venom that keeps blood from clotting around its prey's wounds. Researchers say the Komodo dragon has venom that keeps blood from clotting around its prey's wounds. Instead, the world's largest lizard delivers a powerful bite with its serrated teeth and uses a powerful venom to bring down its victims. The whole story can be found here.
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Submission + - Obama's FCC Transition Team Co-chair a WoW Player (

Digitus1337 writes: ""Last week, President-elect Obama appointed Kevin Werbach, assistant professor of legal studies and business ethics at Wharton, and Susan Crawford, who teaches communications and Internet law at the University of Michigan, to co-chair his FCC transition team. In preparation for his incoming administration, the two, both seasoned Net Neutrality advocates, will be tasked with providing information on U.S. government Internet and telecom policies, along with advising on budgetary and personnel matters.

This is clearly good news for Net advocates, and as it happens, it could also be good news for online gamers. The Wharton professor is a hardcore World of Warcraft player, a member of two guilds.""


Submission + - Permafrost Layer Found on Mars (

Digitus1337 writes: "Nasa's Phoenix lander has unearthed compelling evidence of ice on Mars, mission scientists believe. Chunks of a bright material found in a trench dug by the craft have disappeared over four Martian days, suggesting they have vapourised. While digging in another trench, the lander's arm connected with a hard surface at the same depth. The finds lend weight to suggestions water is locked up in a permafrost layer close to the planet's surface."

Submission + - The Moon and the Magnetotail (

Digitus1337 writes: "'Earth's magnetotail extends well beyond the orbit of the Moon and, once a month, the Moon orbits through it... This can have consequences ranging from lunar 'dust storms' to electrostatic discharges... There is compelling evidence that fine particles of moondust, when sufficiently charged-up, actually float above the lunar surface.' says Tim Stubbs, a University of Maryland scientist. This could create a temporary nighttime atmosphere of dust ready to blacken spacesuits, clog machinery, scratch faceplates (moondust is very abrasive) and generally make life difficult for astronauts."

Submission + - Space Station Crew Can Access Gun (

Digitus1337 writes: "A local Orlando news station has a story about the gun on the International Space Station. "Russian Cosmonauts carry a gun on their Soyuz space capsule, which is attached to the space station. Every spacecraft carries survival gear for crash landings, and the Russian Soyuz has a kit that includes the gun... But although the gun has been there for as long as the space station has been in orbit, its existence is kept quiet. NASA and Russian officials won't talk publicly about it." Maybe it's just a backup propulsion system."

Submission + - Baby monitor picks up NASA's live shuttle video

Digitus1337 writes: FTA: "Since Sunday, one of the two channels on Natalie Meilinger's baby monitor has been picking up black-and-white video from inside the space shuttle Atlantis. The other still lets her keep an eye on her baby. Live video of the mission is available on NASA's Web site, so it's possible the monitor is picking up a signal from somewhere. "It's not coming straight from the shuttle," NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said. "People here think this is very interesting and you don't hear of it often — if at all." Meilinger silenced disbelieving co-workers by bringing in a video of the monitor to show her class on Tuesday, her students' last day of school. At home, 3-month-old Jack and 2-year-old Rachel don't quite understand what their parents are watching." Full story available here.

Submission + - audible rss feed reader

Digitus1337 writes: I'm looking for a program that can not only constantly watch my rss feeds, but read them to me aloud once they are updated. Is there a program like this out there (or in development?) I have found a number of rss feeds that offer mp3 downloads of the stories, but I am looking for something that would automatically dictate them.

Submission + - Los Alamos nuke documents thought found in drug ra

Digitus1337 writes: "A drug raid on a Los Alamos scientist's home in New Mexico turned up what appeared to be classified documents taken from the nuclear weapons lab," "Los Alamos has a history of high-profile security problems in the past decade, with the most notable the case of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee. After years of accusations, Lee pleaded guilty in a plea bargain to one count of mishandling nuclear secrets at the lab. In 2004, the lab was essentially shut down after an inventory showed that two computer disks containing nuclear secrets were missing. A year later the lab concluded that it was just a mistake and the disks never existed." More here.

Submission + - Space Shuttle Atlantis Returns Home

Digitus1337 writes: Space shuttle Atlantis and its six astronauts glided to a safe landing in darkness early Thursday, ending a 12-day, 187-orbit, mission whose smooth success was briefly upstaged by the high drama caused by mysterious floating debris.
"Nice to be back. It was a great team effort," said commander Brent Jett immediately after touchdown at Kennedy Space Center at 6:21 a.m. EDT.
Jett and his STS-115 crew delivered the first new additions to the ISS since late 2002: a new set of wing-like solar arrays and two massive trusses that weighed in at 17.5 tons before the flight's Sept. 9 launch.
More information is available over at CNN,, and over at NASA's official page.

Submission + - 40th Anniversary of Star Trek

Digitus1337 writes: "It was the new television season, just like any other, and NBC was about to debut their new science fiction show. That in itself wasn't a novel idea: CBS had Lost in Space, ABC had contemporary shows like The Time Tunnel and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. It was pretty standard that networks had something on the air that fell into the general category of science fiction. And while these other shows had their own quaint charms, they lasted a few seasons and mostly drifted off into memory, and later syndication." Full Article here. Do any /. trekkers have anything planned? Maybe a drinking game for for everytime that CleverNickName says something whiney on screen?

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