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Submission + - Cracking Open the Nostromo SpeedPad n52 (

Homr Zodyssey writes: As part of their "Cracking Open" series, a contributor over at TechRepublic has disassembled a Nostromo SpeedPad n52. While the articles in this series don't really give a lot of technical details, they can be quite entertaining for the technology voyeur. They allow you to inspect the innards of some electronic devices without running the risk of destroying your own treasures. Past articles in the series have deconstructed an iPhone, a DVR and a PS3, among others.

Submission + - Skull implies humans-neanderthal interbreeding

Homr Zodyssey writes: The AP is reporting about a fossil skull that exhibits Neanderthal features as well as human ones. Science Daily ran a similar story back in November. From TFA:

Some scientists argue Neanderthals were slaughtered or out-competed by ancestors of modern humans, but NGN said the new research, suggests a more intimate relationship, with Neanderthals becoming absorbed into the human race through interbreeding.

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