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Submission + - Dice runs scared. 6

cfulton writes: Slashdot management was found hiding under their desks today after a full scale nuclear meltdown on their site. Unable to post a reasonable reply to the thousands of negative comments on their BETA format, they simply modded down all the relevant comments. Then after running around the office for a while they all hid under their desks hoping it would all just go away.

Submission + - Far From 'Junk,' DNA Dark Matter Plays Crucial Role (nytimes.com)

cfulton writes: Among the many mysteries of human biology is why complex diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and psychiatric disorders are so difficult to predict and, often, to treat. An equally perplexing puzzle is why one individual gets a disease like cancer or depression, while an identical twin remains perfectly healthy. Now scientists have discovered a vital clue to unraveling these riddles. The human genome is packed with at least four million gene switches that reside in bits of DNA that once were dismissed as “junk” but that turn out to play critical roles in controlling how cells, organs and other tissues behave.

Submission + - Game of Thrones apologises for George W Bush's head on a spike (telegraph.co.uk)

cfulton writes: The makers of the popular television series Game of Thrones have apologised for putting a model of George W Bush's head on a spike in one of its episodes. The head, which looks very similar to the 43rd President of the United States, was used in an episode which was first shown last year.

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