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Music

Submission + - Congress Proposes Mandatory FM Radio In Gadgets (arstechnica.com)

Garrett Fox writes: Ars Technica reports a pending deal between the RIAA and Congress to "mandate that FM radio receivers be built into cell phones, PDAs, and other portable electronics". Not for any technological reason, but as a way to prop up broadcast radio. We already know Congress believes it has authority to do anything it wants...
Biotech

Submission + - Frog Foam Photosynthesis (uc.edu)

Garrett Fox writes: University of Cincinnati researchers describe a method of getting photosynthesis from a high-surface-area foam containing enzymes that produce sugar using light and CO2. (Abstract). Oddly, the foam itself is derived from a species of frog. More interesting is that the technique doesn't use whole cells or apparently even chloroplasts. The researchers claim "chemical conversion efficiencies approaching 96%", as well as tolerance for deliberately high-CO2 environments.
Censorship

Submission + - Australia Announces Net Censorship Legislation (smh.com.au) 1

Garrett Fox writes: Australia's ABC News reports that the country's Communication Minister, Stephen Conroy, is moving forward with plans for forced censorship of the Internet. He cites the recent test of ISP-level censorship as proof that it can work efficiently and effectively. "The Government believes that parents want assistance," and therefore must be forced to accept that help.

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