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Submission + - California Students Rank 47th In National Science Test (ocregister.com)

bonch writes: 22 percent of California eighth-graders passed a national science test, ranking California among the worst in the U.S. according to the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress. The test measures knowledge in Earth and space sciences, biology, and basic physics. The states that fared worse than California were Mississippi, Alabama, and a tie between the District of Columbia and Hawaii.

Submission + - Video shows the greying of scientists in the US (bytesizebio.net)

Shipud writes: A video created by the office for extramural research at the NIH shows that the percentage of young (36 and under) biomedical research faculty in the US dropped from 18% to 6% since 1980. Also, it takes much longer for a researcher to set up a funded lab. This means less young blood in research, and that more funds are allocated to well-established labs rather then to promote younger — and perhaps more innovative — researchers.

Submission + - 1/2 billion taxpayer $ gone as solar startup folds (cnn.com) 1

elrous0 writes: Solar panel maker Solyndra today said that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, after failing to successfully compete against lower-cost Chinese manufacturers. It is one of largest failures ever suffered by venture capitalists, and a major black eye for a U.S. Department of Energy that loaned the company more than $500 million.

Submission + - Journalist dumps date for playing 'Magic' (gizmodo.com) 2

mvdwege writes: "So, you're a hard-working up and coming young journalist, too busy to have a social life, so you make an OKCupid profile.

After getting hit by creeps and weirdos, a charming fellow turns up and asks you out. You go on a date and enjoy yourself, until you find out this guy plays Magic; in fact, he's world champion.

So what do you do? You publicly dump him in a Gizmodo article, making fun of his nerdy hobby."


Submission + - Linux FUD: The Greatest Hits (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "Linux is a cancer! SCO is unstoppable! The GPL consumes everything it touches! These and other bits of FUD have been thrown at Linux over the years, and it's a tribute to the ecosystem's survival that we can laugh about them now. Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin outlined history's greatest instances of Linux FUD in his LinuxCon keynote. (He also provided a list of "This is the year of the Linux desktop" quotes going back to 2005.)"

Submission + - Separating out tumor-causing stem cells (fiercebiotechresearch.com)

hlovy writes: A major obstacle to widespread therapeutic use of human embryonic stem cells in therapy is this nasty tendency for a few of them to turn "Frankenstein" on us. Out of the tens of millions of pluripotent cells used in therapy, cells that have been "programmed" by scientists to become any type of specified adult tissue, a few go rogue and become dangerous tumors called teratomas when transplanted into patients. So, researchers at Stanford University, writing in the journal Nature Biotechnology, describe a method to get rid of the cells that can become teratomas before they are used in humans.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What OS To Donate With Computer? 2

chefwear writes: "I am thinking of donating retired computers to a local charity for kids. What OS does the slashdot community think would be best for donating to kids? From reading tips regarding donating computers, it's widely recommended to keep with the currently installed OS (which would be strictly WinXP for me). Seeing as WinXP will be unsupported in about two years, I'm not sure I would be setting the little ones up for success. Would anyone suggest donating a computer with a Linux distro like Ubuntu to a local charity for kids?"

Submission + - Embedded Web servers open printer security holes (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "It's fairly simple to find corporate or consumer printers and scanners online and, without breaking into them, get a hold of documents that these devices recently processed. It can be done because "there are embedded Web servers that come in hardware devices," says Michael Sutton, vice president of security research at Zscaler Labs, who will present his research at next week's Black Hat Conference. The embedded Web servers in "photocopiers, printers and scanners are there for the purpose of ease of administration," but the functionality is not hardened, the devices are available directly through the Internet, and often they aren't password-protected, he says."

Submission + - Facebook More Hated Than Banks, Utilities (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, Facebook raises a lot of ire among its customers — more than Bank of America or AT&T Mobility. This bodes ill for the company — as blogger Chris Nerney points out, many of the others on the most-hated list are utilities and other companies with monopolies, which can hold customers despite bad service. At least Facebook edged out MySpace."

Submission + - 8-Year-Olds Publish Scientific Bee Study (wired.com)

flintmecha writes: A group of British schoolchildren may be the youngest scientists ever to have their work published in a peer-reviewed journal. In a new paper in Biology Letters, 25 8- to 10-year-old children from Blackawton Primary School report that buff-tailed bumblebees can learn to recognize nourishing flowers based on colors and patterns. The paper itself is well worth reading. It’s written entirely in the kids’ voices, complete with sound effects (part of the Methods section is subtitled, “‘the puzzle’duh duh duuuhhh”) and figures drawn by hand in colored pencil.

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