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Biotech

Submission + - Scientists replace a small piece of rat brain (smartplanet.com)

V!NCENT writes: We humans are melding with machines. This is not about using machines to amplify our knowledge (the Internet) but actually embedding chips within our bodies, to amplify our thoughts. The cochlear implant, used to augment hearing, is perhaps the best known brain-computer interface but the last decade has seen great leaps, translating even memories and thoughts into digital code. Now scientists out of Tel-Aviv University have managed to build an artificial cerebellum to restore brain function in injured rats.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Goldeneye:Source beta 3 reached gold status (goldeneyesource.net)

V!NCENT writes: From the Goldeneye:Source website:

We'd like to announce that the GoldenEye: Source BETA 3 will be publicly available on FEBRUARY 7th, 2009. That's right, the highly anticipated GoldenEye: Source BETA 3 has officially gone Gold! After extensive development, and hard work by our testers, we've finally got a stable build, ready for release. The BETA 3 has been a long development process, and probably even a longer wait for our community. The process all started with the switch to the new Source Orange Box Engine, and completely started our code from scratch, in light of the new Engine"

You can watch the gameplay trailer at http://www.moddb.com/mods/goldeneye-source/videos/ges-beta-3

Books

Learning To Profit From Piracy 275

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "Wired has an interview with Matt Mason, author of The Pirate's Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing Capitalism, which discusses how businesses could make money off of piracy, rather than attacking people in a futile attempt to suppress it. And some of his ideas are gaining traction; work is underway on a TV show called Pirate TV, which he describes as 'two parts Anthony Bourdain, one part Mythbusters.' (Heroes executive producer Jesse Alexander is on board.) Also, Mason is pretty good about practicing what he preaches in that you can pirate his book on his own website."

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