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Submission + - Man Saves Wife's Sight by 3D Printing Her Tumor (

An anonymous reader writes: Michael Balzer, a former software engineer and Air Force technical instructor, found himself unsatisfied with a doctor's diagnosis of a small tumor behind his wife's left eye. Balzer had recently become proficient at creating 3D models, so he asked the doctor for the raw medical imaging data and took a look himself. In addition to correcting a later misdiagnosis, Balzer 3D printed models of his wife's cranium and helped neurosurgeons plan a procedure to remove the tumor, instead of waiting to see how it developed, like previous doctors had recommended. During the procedure, surgeons found the tumor was beginning to entangle her optic nerve, and even a six-month wait would have had dire consequences for her eyesight.

Medical researchers like Dr. Michael Patton believe this sort of prototyping will become "the new normal" in a very short time. "What you can now do through 3D printing is like what you’re able to do in the software world: Rapid iteration, fail fast, get something to market quickly. You can print the prototypes, and then you can print out model organs on which to test the products. You can potentially obviate the need for some animal studies, and you can do this proof of concept before extensive patient trials are conducted.

Submission + - Google Launches its GoDaddy Killer writes: Kieren McCarthy reports at The Register that Google has finally launched a domain-name shop, providing a clean and simple management interface that will put Google in direct competition with market leader GoDaddy. Google became an ICANN-accredited registrar back in 2005, and it first told of its Google Domains plans in June 2014. Domains will cost between $12 to $30 to register, and $12 a year to renew. Google's offering will include support for a number of standard features, like free private registration, free email forwarding to your Gmail inbox, free domain forwarding, support for up to 100 sub-domains, and support for the growing number of new domain endings (like .guru and .club) that are now emerging.

There had been speculation that Google would offer domains from its own registry (.google) for free. That, combined with free hosting, email, cloud storage, chat services and domain management, could see the company up-end the registrar market in a similar way to what it did with Gmail and the hosted email world. For its part, GoDaddy has been a target of ire for many in the tech community since GoDaddy officially voiced its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Bill in 2012. Although GoDaddy later recanted its position, thousands of domain owners switched registrars in protest.

Submission + - Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug or a Feature? (

sarahnaomi writes: SimCity players have discussed a variety of creative strategies for their virtual homelessness problem. They’ve suggested waiting for natural disasters like tornadoes to blow the vagrants away, bulldozing parks where they congregate, or creating such a woefully insufficient city infrastructure that the homeless would leave on their own.

You can read all of these proposed final solutions in Matteo Bittanti's How to Get Rid of Homelessness, "a 600-page epic split in two volumes documenting the so-called 'homeless scandal' that affected 2013's SimCity." Bittanti collected, selected, and transcribed thousands of these messages exchanged by players on publisher Electronic Arts' official forums, Reddit, and the largest online SimCity community Simtropolis, who experienced and then tried to "eradicate" the phenomenon of homelessness that "plagued" SimCity.


Submission + - Researchers Build Flexible Battery (

hypnosec writes: We have got just about everything when it comes to flexible “something” in electronics such as displays, memory, chargers among many other things. Researcher earlier have managed to spray paint batteries onto any surface and now a professor has proved through his research that flexible batteries can be created. Keon Jae Lee at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science And Technology has created a solid-state flexible battery capable of retaining its energy levels even when it is folded, spindled, and or mildly deformed. The professor through his research has opened up new horizons in terms of near paper-thin designs of batteries that can be used in consumer electronics products like tablets, smartphones and eReaders.

Submission + - Scientists Develop Anti-Date Rape Straw

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) estimates that one in six women will be sexually assault in her lifetime, with 73 percent of victims knowing their assailants. Now ABC reports that Israeli scientists have developed a sensor that looks like a straw or a stirrer that can detect two of the most commonly used date rape drugs with 100 percent accuracy. "It samples a very small volume of the drink and mixes it with a testing solution," says Fernando Patolsky, chemistry professor at Tel Aviv University and co-creator of the device. "That causes a chemical reaction that makes the solution cloudy or colored, depending on the drug." The reaction then turns on a tiny red light, alerting users in even the dingiest bars to ditch the drink. Patolsky says the device should cost less than a drink and could be used multiple times until it reacts with a drug. It currently detects GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) and ketamine but the team hopes to add Rohypnal — "roofies" — to the list within the year. "Preventing it is the best thing to do," says Patolsky, who has three young daughters. "I hope it will be sold in bars, in pharmacies." Other detection systems already on the market include the Drinksafe coaster, the drink detective, and a lip gloss that doubles as a date-rape drug tester."

Submission + - Online banking security head admits £2.5 million fraud (

Qedward writes: A former head of fraud and security for digital banking at Lloyds Bank has admitted to committing £2.5 million fraud.

Jessica Harper, 50, was accused of filing false invoices to claim payments for more than three years, between September 2008 and December 2011.

Earlier this year, she was charged with one count of fraud by abuse of position for the false claims, which amounted to £2,463,750 in total. She has pleaded guilty of this charge at Southwark Crown Court.


Submission + - Swumanoid Swimming Android Developed to Improve Performance in the Pool (

Zothecula writes: With the swimming program of the London Olympics now completed and medals awarded, many will now be casting their attention forward to Rio in 2016 and how competitors can be helped to swim faster, how they can be made stronger, and what swimwear can be developed to improve their performance. Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology are hoping to answer these questions by developing a humanoid robot able to reproduce realistic swimming strokes.

Submission + - Sensor uses body's electrical signature to secure devices (

coondoggie writes: "group of researchers is proposing a sensor that would authenticate mobile and wearable computer systems by using their unique electrical properties of a person's body to recognize their identity. In a paper being presented today at the USENIX Workshop on Health Security and Privacy, researchers from Dartmouth University Institute for Security, Technology, and Society defined this security sensor device, known as Amulet, as a "piece of jewelry, not unlike a watch, that would contain small electrodes to measure bioimpedance — a measure of how the body's tissues oppose a tiny applied alternating current- and learns how a person's body uniquely responds to alternating current of different frequencies.""

Submission + - Quantum Cryptography Theory Has A Security Defect (

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Tamagawa University, Quantum ICT Research Institute, announced today that they had proved the incompleteness and limit of the security theory in quantum key distribution. They showed that the present theory cannot guarantee unconditional security. Until now, the majority of researchers in quantum information science have believed that quantum cryptography (quantum key distribution) can provide unconditional security. The guarantee of its unconditional security is given by the trace distance, which is a quantum version of the evaluation of a mathematical cipher. However, since 2006, new developments in the field have cast criticism over the meaningful security of cryptography ensured only by the trace distance. Despite these criticisms, many papers have continued to claim that the trace distance guarantees unconditional security in quantum key distribution.
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Submission + - Three years in jail for receiving an image of fisting? 1

wwwrench writes: "In the UK, it may be illegal to receive an emailed image of legal and consensual sex. The Crown Prosecutation Service is currently trying a man for receiving an image of two people fisting. Under the U.K.'s 2008 obsenity law it is illegal to view a pornographic image of extreme sex, even if the image depicts a legal act. Questions have been raised about the motives for the case, as the defendent is openly gay, and used to prosecute corrupt police officers. Although the case has been virtually ignored by the media, this is also the first trail in the U.K. where one of the lawyers has been allowed to tweet during the trial (under the hashtag #porntrial).""

Submission + - Captchas Are Becoming Ridiculous (

andrewmunsell writes: A couple of years ago, I don’t remember being truly baffled by a captcha. In fact, reCAPTCHA was one of the better systems I’d seen. It wasn’t difficult to solve, and it seemed to work when I used it on my own websites. Fast forward to 2012, and I am trying to log into my Envato Marketplace account on Graphic River. I haven’t been there in a few months, and recently I’ve been working on changing my passwords to be unique-per-site. Understandably, I forgot my password. After a couple of attempts and failures, I was presented with a reCAPTCHA. But this time, I couldn’t read it.

Submission + - Faculty vote for open access policy at UC San Francisco (

Marian the Librarian writes: UCSF is among the first public institutions to adopt an open access policy and the largest scientific institution to have such a policy. The policy, voted unanimously by the faculty, will allow UCSF authors to put electronic versions of their published scientific articles on an open access repository making their research findings freely available to the public.

Submission + - Sound increases the efficiency of boiling (

hessian writes: "Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology achieved a 17-percent increase in boiling efficiency by using an acoustic field to enhance heat transfer. The acoustic field does this by efficiently removing vapor bubbles from the heated surface and suppressing the formation of an insulating vapor film."
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Radius of sun more accurately measured during eclipse (

Anonymous Squonk writes: "The measurement of the sun currently in use was actually calculated over 120 years ago, and is off by hundreds of kilometers. Thousands of ordinary Japanese citizens worked together to improve this estimate. By measuring the borders of the "ring of fire" effect of the recent eclipse, and using the known size and distance from the Earth of the sun, the radius of the Sun was measured as 696,010 kilometers, with a margin of error of only 20 kilometers."

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