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Submission + - Using Radio Waves to Bake Tumors (phys.org)

explosivejared writes: "From the article:

Nanothermal therapy – the use of nanoparticles to cook a tumor to death – is one of the many promising uses of nanotechnology to both improve the effectiveness of cancer therapy and reduce its side effects. Now, a team of investigators from the Texas Center for Cancer Nanomedicine has shown that liver cancer cells will take up targeted gold nanoparticles, absorb radio waves, and generate heat that damages the cells. In addition, the researchers have discovered how to increase the thermal toxicity of these nanoparticles."

Comment Re:Linux Peace Prize? (Score 2, Interesting) 541

At least in the post-WW2 era, I think this is true. Even in the pre-WW2 era, you could argue that too much emphasis was placed on the negotiators of peace treaties (many of which were more like terms of surrender) than the other part of the definition. I do think that, in retrospect, Gorbachev did deserve it (or at least led a group of people who did so) "for the abolition or reduction of standing armies" by pushing the Soviet Union towards a peaceful end to the cold war. But... awarding it to him in 1990, when the relatively peaceful transition of Russia out of the cold war was far from a certain outcome, meant it was really just luck that they actually got one right. Not to mention that the credit really belonged jointly to Gorbachev and Reagan, but it seems like the Nobel committee has a distinct dislike for those on the political right.

Submission + - Printed Supercapacitors Offer Cheaper Gadget Power (technologyreview.com)

Al writes: "Researchers at the UCLA and at Stanford have developed a very simple way to manufacture supercapacitors: printing them out using ordinary inkjet technology. The capacitors are made by spraying carbon nanotubes onto two pieces of plastic and sandwiching a gel electrolyte in between them. One nanotube layer acts as the positive electrode while the other functions as the negative electrode. When a voltage is applied to the electrolyte gel, charges collect on the surfaces of the nanotubes, storing energy. The process is remarkably simple: the carbon nanotubes are suspended in water and sprayed onto the surface using an air gun similar to the head in an ink-jet printer. The components could provide cheaper rapid power release for all sorts of devices and gadgets."
The Courts

Submission + - The Long Term Impact Of Jacobsen v. Katzer

snydeq writes: "Lawyer Jonathan Moskin has called into question the long-term impact last year's Java Model Railroad Interface court ruling will have on open source adoption among corporate entities. For many, the case in question, Jacobsen v. Katzer, has represented a boon for open source, laying down a legal foundation for the protection of open source developers. But as Moskin sees it, the ruling 'enables a set of potentially onerous monetary remedies for failures to comply with even modest license terms, and it subjects a potentially larger community of intellectual property users to liability.' In other words, in Moskin's eyes, Jacobsen v. Katzer could make firms wary of using open source software because they fear that someone in the food chain has violated a copyright, thus exposing them to lawsuit. It should be noted that Moskin's firm has represented Microsoft in anti-trust litigation before the European Union."

Submission + - SPAM: The world's 23 toughest math questions

coondoggie writes: "It sounds like a math phobic's worst nightmare or perhaps Good Will Hunting for the ages. Those wacky folks at he the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have put out a research request it calls Mathematical Challenges, that has the mighty goal of "dramatically revolutionizing mathematics and thereby strengthening DoD's scientific and technological capabilities." The challenges are in fact 23 questions that if answered, would offer a high potential for major mathematical breakthroughs, DARPA said. So if you have ever wanted to settle the Riemann Hypothesis, which I won't begin to describe but it is one of the great unanswered questions in math history, experts say. Or perhaps you've always had a theory about Dark Energy, which in a nutshell holds that the universe is ever-expanding, this may be your calling. [spam URL stripped]"
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Journal Journal: 15 Moderator Points? 1

Now, I must admit, I've twice before gotten 10 moderator points at a time. At which time, I had gone looking to find out if this was indeed a /. bug or some new moderation code. I did come across another slashdot user journal at that point (which I can't seem to find again now unfortunately) that mentioned that they too received 10 points as well as a few comments to the same effect. However, no one seemed to know where the additional points that we were seeing came from.


Submission + - How the Mainframe Survives

Hugh Pickens writes: "In 1991, Stewart Alsop, the editor of InfoWorld predicted that the last mainframe computer would be unplugged by 1996 yet last month, IBM introduced the latest version of its mainframe and mainframe technology remains a large and lucrative business for IBM providing the back-office engines behind the world's financial markets and much of global commerce The mainframe stands as a telling case in the larger story of survivor technologies and markets where old technology may lose ground to the insurgent, as mainframes did to the personal computer but the old technology or business often finds a sustainable, profitable life. In the 1990s IBM. overhauled the insides of the mainframe, using low-cost microprocessors as the computing engine and the company invested and updated the mainframe software. "The mainframe survived its near-death experience and continues to thrive because customers didn't care about the underlying technology," said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, who led the technical transformation of the mainframe. "Customers just wanted the mainframe to do its job at a lower cost, and IBM made the investments to make that happen.""
Wireless Networking

Submission + - New City Provided Wi-Fi Banned Due to Crazies (pressdemocrat.com) 1

exphose writes: "A small town in Northern California, Sebastopol (map), had made an agreement with Sonic.net to provide downtown wireless access via wi-fi for free to everyone. However, not everyone in this admittedly hippie friendly town was pleased. Why would anyone be against free downtown wifi access? Well apparently according to Sebastopol Mayor Craig Litwin, citizens had voiced concerns that "create enough suspicion that there may be a health hazard." and so they canceled their contract with Sonic.net. I found some more details at the here blog of Sonic.net's CEO for some more detail. What does Slashdot think of these petitioners and the claims of Wi-Fi health risks. Are there actually any studies anywhere that corroborate the risks or is it just a bunch of tin foil hat madness? How upset would you be if your city stopped it's rollout of free Wi-Fi or similar services due to such concerns?"

Submission + - Yet Another Cringley Rant on Technology (pbs.org)

anomalous cohort writes: "Many Cringely articles foment enough controversy to make to /. lots of times but his March 21st piece War of the Worlds: The Human Side of Moore's Law seems to actually provoke thought in between the large amounts of manipulative rhetoric so characteristic of Robert Cringely.

Not that I actually agree with his main premise which is that the Internet is going to replace primary education. It's not going to replace schools anymore than it replaced any of the other institutions that pundits have predicted it would replace including newspapers, television, or dating. It has and will, however, supplement, augment, and transform all of those institutions."


Submission + - Someday, you'll hate Apple (and Google too) (itworld.com) 3

jfruhlinger writes: "Think today's world, where Apple is the innovative underdog, Google the company that isn't evil, and Microsoft the evil empire, will last forever? Ah, you must not remember the days when everybody loved that scrappy upstate Bill Gates. Don Reisinger muses on the fickleness of consumer loves and hates."

Submission + - Windows 7 going modular, subscription (arstechnica.com) 2

Microsoft CRM writes: "When Windows 7 launches sometime after the start of 2010, the desktop OS will be Microsoft's most "modular" operating system to date, as opposed to a unified operating system which isn't necessarily a good thing, however; Windows Vista is a sprawling, complex OS. Microsoft can also add/remove functionality module by module. New modules could be sold post-launch, keeping revenue streams strong. A modular approach could also allow the company to make functionality available on a time-limited basis, potentially allowing users to "rent" a feature if it's needed on a one-off basis. Note that Microsoft is already testing "pay as you go" consumer subscriptions in developing countries."
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Submission + - Nerds make better lovers 3

davidwr writes: LiveScience reports that the socially awkward make better husbands than the debonair studs that grace the covers of Gentleman's Quarterly. On the downside they tend to miss out on promotions and the other socially desirable benefits of being a "social chameleon." So, all of you Rodney McKays out there, there is hope. You just have to get past the first date. Just don't go asking for "me time" until after you tie the knot.

Submission + - The Transistor's Birthday

Apple Acolyte writes: Tomorrow the transistor turns 60 years old:

Sixty years ago, on Dec. 16, 1947, three physicists at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., built the world's first transistor. William Shockley, John Bardeen and William Brattain had been looking for a semiconductor amplifier to take the place of the vacuum tubes that made radios and other electronics so impossibly bulky, hot and power hungry.
In a related story, the AP looks at the prospect of processor technology nearing the end of potential gains from fab shrinks, indicating that the transistor is showing its age and may need to be replaced in order for the industry to keep pace with Moore's Law.

Submission + - Should IT Support the iPhone for Business?

explosivejared writes: "Should IT departments support the iPhone for business use? A new report by Forrester Research suggests not. The report cites security issues and pricing as cons that outweigh the pros of usability and popularity. From the article: "Enterprises often make mobile device purchasing decisions based on the experience of their peers or industry analysts' recommendations, but with such information lacking about the iPhone, Forrester said it won't likely be making its way into many businesses anytime soon.""

Submission + - Cold patch found in the cosmic background (arxivblog.com)

KentuckyFC writes: "Astronomers have found a cold spot in the cosmic microwave background radiation. This patch is huge: in terms of angular size, it's several times bigger than moon. And it represents a significant puzzle because no current scenario for the origin of the universe can explain it. For the moment theorists are just struggling to understand its properties (abstract on the physics arxiv)."

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