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Submission + - New anti-laser tech paves way for optical computin (

angry tapir writes: "Yale University scientists have built what they call the first anti-laser, a device that can cancel out beams of light generated by a laser. Such a device could be an integral element in optical computers, a long promised successor to today's computers that would use light instead of electrons to process information. While scientists have long known of different ways to absorb light, this work is unique in that can absorb light of a particular wavelength, the researchers claim."

Submission + - Apple to unveil high-speed connection technology (

An anonymous reader writes: Apple will reportedly soon make an announcement regarding a new high-speed connection technology. And as luck would have it, this comes hot on the heels of a report that Apple will release a slew of new MacBook Pros later this week. For some time now, reports have abounded detailing Apple and Intel’s cooperation on a new transfer technology dubbed Light Peak capable of transferring data at 10GB/s both up and down. Could this find its way into Apple's new lineup of MacBook Pros as has been previously rumored?

Submission + - Milky Way Stuffed with 50 Billion Alien Worlds (

astroengine writes: "Using data extrapolated from the early Kepler observations of 1,235 candidate exoplanets, mission scientists have placed an estimate on the number of alien worlds there are in our galaxy. There are thought to be 50 billion exoplanets, 500 million of which are probably orbiting within their stars' habitable zones."

Submission + - New LTE Tower Blasting Home With EMI ( 2

Freshly Exhumed writes: A Canadian RF engineer could not locate the source of massive electromagnetic interference in his home until he realized that a new LTE communications tower had just been erected only 70 meters away, at a frequency of 734 MHz and a bandwidth of 10 MHz, running 1200 watts Effective Radiated Power. Additionally another 3000 watts ERP of PCS/Cellular went up in the same place. Rigging a detector out of a Schottky diode, a capacitor, an inductor, 6 inches of wire, and a piezo speaker, the sound was loud enough to be heard across the room. One would think that the Canadian telecom regulators would investigate and intervene, right? Nope: Industry Canada refused with a "not my job" email. See videos here and here of his plight.

Aussie Scientists Find Coconut-Carrying Octopus 205

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from an AP report: "Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter — unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal. The scientists filmed the veined octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, selecting halved coconut shells from the sea floor, emptying them out, carrying them under their bodies up to 65 feet (20 meters), and assembling two shells together to make a spherical hiding spot. ... 'I was gobsmacked,' said Finn, a research biologist at the museum who specializes in cephalopods. 'I mean, I've seen a lot of octopuses hiding in shells, but I've never seen one that grabs it up and jogs across the sea floor. I was trying hard not to laugh.'"

Submission + - Court orders dismissal of U.S. wiretapping lawsuit (

jcatcw writes: A U.S. appeals court has ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit against the U.S. National Security Agency for a wiretapping program because it said the plaintiffs haven't been hurt by the agency's actions. A divided three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled today that the lawsuit, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and a group of journalists, lawyers and academics, be sent back to a District Court judge to be dismissed. In August 2006, Judge Anna Diggs Taylor of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled that the NSA program, which monitored telephone and Internet communications without court-ordered warrants, was illegal.

Submission + - Real Perpetual Motion: Stirling Engines

Power Mad writes: With all this talk regarding perpetual motion, it is interesting to note that there actually is a device that comes close to being a perpetual motion machine: a stirling engine. These engines convert the heat differential between two points into mechanical work, and can even tap into the heat differential between your palm and the surrounding air to power a small motor.

Submission + - Google loses "Gmail" trademark case (

amigoro writes: "A court in Germany today banned Google from using the name "Gmail" for its popular webmail service following a trademark suit filed by the founder of G-Mail. Daniel Giersch (33), started using the name G-Mail in 2000, four years before Google released "Gmail". "Google infringed the young businessman's trademark that had been previously been registered," said the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court in its judgement."
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Submission + - Some in Silicon Valley Begin to Sour on India

theodp writes: "The WSJ reports that some Silicon Valley tech companies are beginning to turn away from India for low-cost labor to do sophisticated tech work. Faced with 50% wage inflation, 25% turnover, higher management costs and time zone complications, companies are stepping up U.S. hiring, bringing Indian employees to the States on visas, or finding other lower-wage foreign locales. 'The wage inflation rate for engineers in India is four times what it is here' in America, complained CEO Paul Otellini of Intel (and Google), which is stepping up hiring in Vietnam."

Submission + - Data breaches start at the gas station, analyst sa

maximus1 writes: You may want to take pause next time you pay at the pump with a credit card, or any point-of-sale (POS) system for that matter, states this article. POS terminals have emerged as a weak security link, according to Gartner, Inc. "It's almost more dangerous to go to the gas station than it is online," said Avivah Litan, a Gartner vice president. Poor network configurations are partly to blame, and Garter predicts that the situation isn't going to improve anytime soon. By next year, most attacks against retailers will be directed at their POS terminals, and only 30 percent of POS software will be compliant with the security standards by 2009.

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