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Submission + - Dubai’s World of Islands is Sinking Into the (inhabitat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Dubai's dubious building boom has spawned a new architecture of unparalleled excess — one needn't look further than the desert region's ski slope, refrigerated beach and proposed ice cube lodge to find proof. However as of late the emirate's blustery building pace has lost its muster, and the latest megaproject to go south is The World, an archipelago of manmade islands modeled after the seven continents that seems to have sprung a leak. According to a new report issued by a property tribunal, the crumbling series of ill-fated isles is sinking like Atlantis into the sea.

Submission + - Unix Epoch Day 15000 starts at midnight GMT

An anonymous reader writes: The 15000th day of Unix epoch time starts tonight at midnight GMT. More information about parties including a countdown clock are available at the official website for the event here and includes a countdown clock. A large main party is happening tonight at 7pm EST in Bloomington, Indiana to mark the occasion. The last 5000 day mark of epoch days happened a few months before Slashdot existed, so this will be the first time Slashdotters will be able to celebrate such an occasion. The next time won't be until 2024. And also unlike the last time, this time Mac users can join in the fun. Its also a great day to change your password.
Education

Submission + - Teacher Creates Microfluidics Using a Photocopier (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Microfluidic technology, in which liquid is made to pass through “microchannels” that are often less than a millimeter in width, has had a profound effect on fields such as physics, chemistry, engineering and biotechnology. In particular, it has made “lab-on-a-chip” systems possible, in which the chemical contents of tiny amounts of fluid can be analyzed on a small platform. Such devices are typically made in clean rooms, through a process of photolithography and etching. This rather involved production method is reflected in their retail price, which sits around US$500 per device. Now, however, a high school teacher has come up with a way of making microfluidics that involves little else than a photocopier and transparency film.
The Courts

Submission + - Ohio University finds key to getting RIAA to stop 7

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, has found the key to getting the RIAA to stop inundating it and its students with "settlement" letters. According to the university's student online publication, the university paid $60,000, plus $16,000 per year "maintenance", to Audible Magic, the business partner of the RIAA's all-purpose expert witness Dr. Doug Jacobson, for its "CopySense" filtering software. Once it made the payments, the letters stopped. This of course raises a lot of questions as to the 'disinterestedness' of Dr. Jacobson, whose deposition in the UMG v. Lindor case was the subject of interesting Slashdot commentary."

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