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Comment Re:Looking forward to Eternal Youth (Score 1) 109

This is right on the money. There is a reason that stem cells become old, they become senescent and decrease or stop their division to protect against cancer. Cellular senescence can be induced by oncogenes, or bypassed by introducing the factors found in this study.

Knocking out tumor-suppressing genes has been shown to decrease aging while at the same time increase tumor incidence.

Call me the day cancer is cured, that's the day these discoveries can be beneficial against aging.

Submission + - Will Google's New "Go" Language become "Issue 9"? (

TSHTF writes: On Tuesday 10 November, 2009, Google officially unveiled their Go programming language. Soon thereafter, Francis McCabe, the creator of a much older programming language known as Go!, published a bug report opened an issue in the Go language tracker. In the issue ticket, he asks Google to change the name of their new language, as he had "been working on a programming language, also called Go, for the last 10 years." So far, the most popular alternative name in the bug report is "Issue 9", which pays homage to Plan 9, the role of former Bell-labs developers in the new language's development, and the issue number as filed on the bug tracker. The naming controversy is also being covered in Information Week.

Submission + - life extension drug (

jumpinp writes: A drug discovered in the soil of a South Pacific island may help to fight the ageing process, research suggests. When US scientists treated old mice with rapamycin it extended their expected lifespan by up to 38%. The findings, published in the journal Nature, raise the prospect of being able to slow down the ageing process in older people. Article from BBC & Times

Submission + - Sniffing Browser History Without Javascript (

Ergasiophobia writes: "I'm just going to quote the page itself here, as it gives a pretty good description.

It actually works pretty simply — it is simpler than the Javascript implementation. All it does is load a page (in a hidden Iframe) which contains lots of links. If a link is visited, a background (which isn't really a background) is loaded as defined in the CSS. The "background" image will log the information, and then store it (and, in this case, it is displayed to you). Is a demonstration of a method to find out the browsing history of a visitor to a website, no javascript required. It seems the only drawbacks to this method are the increased load on your browser, and that it requires a list of websites to check against."


Submission + - Unix Turns 40

wandazulu writes: Forty years ago this summer, Ken Thompson sat down and wrote a small operating system that would eventually be called Unix. An article at ComputerWorld describes the the history, present, and future of what could arguably be called the most important operating system of them all.

Submission + - Would you install Microsoft Office if it were free 1

nicholdraper writes: "Recently I received the MSDN subscription update disk for Microsoft Office. I am the main developer for a small company and we recently let the developer go who had an active MSDN subscription. I normally install software on my home computer to evaluate it. Here's my dilemma, about ten years ago I started weaning myself from Microsoft software at home. In fact, I use open office regularly and I couldn't be happier. Sure I use word at work, I decided long ago to not waste time on that battle. But, I haven't seen a feature that wasn't in Office 95 that I would use, so I don't see the point in paying for upgrades every two to five years. I am against pirating software, so open source solved my needs. Now, I have a copy paid for by the company where I work, which I should spend time to evaluate. I'm afraid to install it and end up with files in a format for which I would have to pay for software in the future to open. Is there any reason to use MS Office? Would you install it or not?"
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Scientists Build World's Fastest Camera 130

Hugh Pickens writes "Researchers have developed a camera that snaps images less than a half a billionth of a second long and can capture over six million images in a second continuously. Dubbed Serial Time-Encoded Amplified imaging, or Steam, the technique depends on carefully manipulating so-called 'supercontinuum' laser pulses. While other cameras used in scientific research can capture shorter-lived images, they can only capture about eight images, and have to be triggered to do so for a given event. The Steam camera, by contrast, can capture images continuously, making it ideal for random events that cannot be triggered. Keisuke Gode, lead author of the study, and his colleagues used their camera to image minute spheres flowing along a thin tube of water in a microfluidic device." (More below.)

Adobe Confirms PDF Zero-Day, Says Kill JavaScript 211

CWmike writes "Adobe Systems has acknowledged that all versions of its Adobe Reader, including editions for Windows, the Mac and Linux, contain at least one, and possibly two, critical vulnerabilities. 'All currently supported shipping versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat, [Versions] 9.1, 8.1.4 and 7.1.1 and earlier, are vulnerable to this issue,' said Adobe's David Lenoe said in a blog entry yesterday. He was referring to a bug in Adobe's implementation of JavaScript that went public early Tuesday. A "Bugtraq ID," or BID number has been assigned to a second JavaScript vulnerability in Adobe's Reader. Proof-of-concept attack code for both bugs has already been published on the Web. Adobe said it will patch Reader and Acrobat, but Lenoe offered no timetable for the fixes. In lieu of a patch, Lenoe recommended that users disable JavaScript in the apps. Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Network Security, said of the suggestion in lieu of patches, 'Unfortunately, for Adobe, disabling JavaScript is a broken record, [and] similar to what we've seen in the past with Microsoft on ActiveX bugs.'"

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