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Submission + - Link between low vitamin D in blood link and heart disease varies by race (

vinces99 writes: Low vitamin D blood levels are linked to greater risk of heart disease in whites and Chinese, but not in blacks and Hispanics, according to a study appearing this week in JAMA, a journal published by the American Medical Association. Growing evidence has suggested that low blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin are associated with higher risk of developing coronary heart disease among whites. Few of these studies included substantial numbers of people from other races.The findings underscore the importance of designing medical research that includes a diverse ethnic and racial makeup of participants.

Mutations Helped Humans Survive Siberian Winters 77

sciencehabit writes "Researchers have identified three genetic mutations that appear to have helped humans survive in the frigid climate of Siberia over the last 25,000 years. One helps the body's fat stores directly produce heat rather than producing chemical energy for muscle movements or brain functions, a process called 'nonshivering thermogenesis.' Another is involved in the contraction of smooth muscle, key to shivering and the constriction of blood vessels to avoid heat loss. And the third is implicated in the metabolism of fats, especially those in meat and dairy products—a staple of the fat-laden diets of Arctic peoples."

Submission + - WTO Approves Antigua's Pirate Website ( 1

hydrofix writes: On Thursday TorrentFreak broke the story (verified by BBC) that the government of Antigua and Barbuda, a tiny island nation on the Caribbean, was planning to launch a legal "pirate" website selling movies, music and software without paying a penny to U.S. copyright holders. Now, the World Trade Organization has given its final approval for the Antigua government to launch the website. The decision follows from long-running trade dispute between the countries, related to online gambling, which was ruled in Antigua's favor in 2005. After the United States refused to compensate, the WTO granted Antigua the right to "suspend" U.S. copyrights for up to $21 million annually.

Submission + - DARPA wants electronics that can dissolve or burst apart after use ( 2

coondoggie writes: "he Mission: Impossible TV show famously started most episodes with a tape recorded mission message that ended with: "This tape will self-destruct in 5 seconds, good luck Jim." Then it melted down in a burst of smoke and flame.
DARPA researchers seem to want to take that sort of destructive notion quite a few steps further by designing electronics — particularly smart phones and other devices — that can melt or at least partially dissolve to the point that they would be useless to anyone else who came across them."


Submission + - Australian government hits out at Apple over taxes (

An anonymous reader writes: The Australian goverment has followed the UK lead in hitting out at multi-national technology companies who make a fortune in their country, and then pay virtually no tax. It comes after Apple quietly filed its Australian accounts with the national regulator on a public holiday. Unfortunately for Apple ... people still noticed!

Submission + - Evad3rs Tease Super Bowl Sunday as iOS 6.1 Jailbreak Launch Day (

hypnosec writes: The group of iOS researachers – the evad3rs team, who have been working on iOS 6.1 beta versions for a long time now for an untethered jailbreak, have teased the upcoming Sunday event – the Super Bowl Sunday as the launch day for the highly awaited jailbreak for iOS 6.1. One of the leading members of the team, MuscleNerd, tweeted earlier today that the iOS 6.1 Golden Master (GM), which was released earlier by Apple has been jailbroken and that it is safe to use and that an untethered jailbreak will be launched this coming Sunday.
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Microsoft Kinect With World of Warcraft Screenshot-sm 80

An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies have developed software that enables control of PC video games using the Microsoft Kinect sensor. Their toolkit, known as the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (FAAST), emulates custom-configured keyboard controls triggered by body posture and specific gestures. This video shows a user playing the online game World of Warcraft using the Kinect. Potential applications of this technology include video games for motor rehabilitation after stroke and reducing childhood obesity through healthy gaming."

Submission + - Meteorite contains complex organic molecules (

An anonymous reader writes: Previously unknown organic molecules have been discovered in a 100 kg meteorite that hit Australia in 1969, suggesting that our early Solar System contained a soup of highly complex organic chemistry long before life appeared.

Submission + - Lucid Lynx gets 100 Paper Cuts (

richs-lxh writes: Lucid Lynx gets 100 Paper Cuts

Initially introduced during the development of Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala", the Ubuntu developers have re-launched the One Hundred Paper Cuts project for the next major release of Ubuntu, code named "Lucid Lynx". The project will again focus on improving the user experience for the 10.04 LTS release by "identifying 100 small points of pain for users, or "paper cuts", and healing them". The project is lead by Canonical's Design and User Experience team. Its goal is to channel the necessary resources behind fixing the relatively small and easy to fix bugs, resources that would normally only be focused on fixing larger issues.

Submission + - Sophisticated site spoofing confuses Copenhagen

JobyKSU writes: Sophisticated spoofs of multiple websites drew attention today in an effort to influence the climate negotiations in Copenhagen. The Huffington Post reports that the Yes Men are claiming responsibility. The group appeared to use virtual mirrors and misleading URLs to plant a single story claiming that Canada was prepared to make major concessions in the carbon emission negotiations.

Sites spoofed include Wall Street Journal Europe, Environment Canada, and the conferences own website.

The actual sites can be found here:Wall Street Journal Europe, Environment Canada, and UN COP15.

Submission + - Google sends out barcodes to Favorite Places (

DogDude writes: Google sent out approximately 100,000 barcodes to local businesses deemed "favorite places" based on their own criteria ( These barcodes are scannable by any smartphone, and provide all kinds of nifty information about the business. The business where I work got one, and we're wondering what we could and/or should do with the program from our end.

Submission + - French company offers to buy MySQL (

An anonymous reader writes: Nexedi, the creator of ERP5, one of the most advanced Open Source ERPs used for mission critical applications in Europe, Africa and Japan in Aerospace, Central Banking, Financial Services, Chemical, Governement, Health and Transportation industries has published today a position letter sent to the European Commission in the context of the recent acquisition of Sun Microsytems by Oracle Corporation. Nexedi recommends to the European Commission that Oracle should be requested to sell the MySQL Business Unit to a third party which offers reasonable guarantees for its Business development. Nexedi offers to takeover MySQL Business Unit for 1 Euro and releave Oracle from what has become a negative asset in its merger and acquisition strategy.
The Internet

Submission + - Non-disclosed data caps haunt users (

Death Metal writes: "Time Warner Cable's plan to impose tiered data caps on Internet users imploded last week, but that doesn't mean TWC users can download to their heart's content. No, like many other ISPs without explicit data caps, TWC retains an "acceptable use policy" that lets it curtail any "abuse" of its network, as one user found out the hard way. has been covering the TWC case in obsessive detail (seriously, we're a little worried), and it yesterday published the story of a TWC user from Austin, Texas who ran afoul of the acceptable use policy."

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