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Technology

Submission + - SPAM: Tactus Technology – The Future of Touch Screens

nikhilbhuktar writes: The world of traditional touch screens is soon going to change with the latest innovation by tactus technology. Tactus technology has developed it's new Tactile User Interface with the touch screens. This interface lets you interact with the touch devices as if it had keypad. Explore more information about Tactile User Interface.
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Submission + - Computer-Designed Enzymes may provide help for Celiac Disease (acs.org) 2

tbg58 writes: An article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society describes how researchers used computers to modify the structure of a naturally-existing enzyme to target the immunogenic peptide implicated in celiac disease.

"The application of computational protein design tools has been demonstrated to introduce functional properties beyond those obtained by natural evolution, such as producing enzymes that perform functions not found in nature, altered specificity of proteins for their binding partners, and the de novo design of fold topologies"

Researchers report the use of computational protein design to engineer an endopeptidase with the desired traits for an oral enzyme therapy (OET) for celiac disease which not only targets the desired peptide, but is also resistant to digestive proteases and the acidic environment of the digestive system.

Submission + - Symbian officially dead. (techcrunch.com) 1

Snirt writes: Symbian is now officially dead, Nokia confirmed today. In the company’s earnings announcement that came out a little while ago, Nokia confirmed that the 808 PureView, released last year, was the very last device that the company would make on the Symbian platform: “During our transition to Windows
Phone through 2012, we continued to ship devices based on Symbian,” the company wrote. “The Nokia 808 PureView, a device which showcases our imaging capabilities and which came to market in mid-2012, was the
last Symbian device from
Nokia."

Security

Submission + - Password Cracker Targets Siemens S7 PLCs (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: Siemens S7 programmable logic controllers, the same PLC family exploited by the Stuxnet malware, are in the crosshairs of a password-cracking tool that is capable of stealing credentials from industrial control systems.

PLCs are microprocessors that automate mechanical processes inside factories, including critical infrastructure utilities and manufacturers. The S7 protocol in question provides communication between engineering stations, SCADA systems, HMI interfaces and PLCs that is password protected.

Researchers at SCADA Strangelove presented at the recent Digital Bond SCADA Security Scientific Symposium (S4) a new offline brute force password cracker for S7 PLCs, along with proof of concept code.

Data Storage

Submission + - Researchers Find New Way of Making Molecular Memory (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "Researchers have discovered a better way to store data in individual molecules that could result in super-dense, solid-state hard disk alternatives. From the article: 'The key to the discovery is a new molecule developed by chemists at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Kolkata. It allowed researchers to build magnetic memory with fewer layers of material, making it thinner, less expensive, and more usable at normal temperatures. The reward for consumers and enterprises could be storage that holds 1,000TB per square inch.'"
Businesses

Submission + - Yahoo Layoffs Begin, CEO Sends Employees Apologetic Letter (ibtimes.com)

redletterdave writes: "As expected, Yahoo began laying off more than 2,000 employees on Wednesday morning — roughly 14 percent of the company's total workforce — in its effort to slim down and pivot its focus in a new direction. The mass layoff marks the sixth time in four years — and under three different CEOs, no less — that Yahoo has dumped employees, but this one will the company's biggest in its 17-year history. Scott Thompson, Yahoo's CEO, sent an apologetic letter to all his employees this morning explaining the changes."
Science

Submission + - Scientists Solving the Mystery of Human Consciousness (scienceworldreport.com)

fishmike writes: "Awakening from anesthesia is often associated with an initial phase of delirious struggle before the full restoration of awareness and orientation to one's surroundings. Scientists now know why this may occur: primitive consciousness emerges first. Using brain imaging techniques in healthy volunteers, a team of scientists led by Adjunct Professor Harry Scheinin, M.D. from the University of Turku, Turku, Finland in collaboration with investigators from the University of California, Irvine, USA, have now imaged the process of returning consciousness after general anesthesia. The emergence of consciousness was found to be associated with activations of deep, primitive brain structures rather than the evolutionary younger neocortex."
NASA

Low Quality Alloy Cause of Shuttle Main Tank Issue 118

BJ_Covert_Action writes "NASA engineers have finally discovered the root cause of the cracks that have been found on space shuttle Discovery's main external tank. The main tank, one of the 'Super Lightweight Tank' models developed by Lockheed-Martin, employs an aluminum-lithium alloy developed by Lockheed-Martin specifically for this application. The new alloy is used in various structural stringers throughout the SLWT design. Unfortunately, the batch of this alloy used in the tank that is currently mated with the Discovery shuttle appears to be of low quality. The alloy used in the stringers has a 'mottled' appearance, compared to the nominal appearance typically used in the main tank stringers (see picture in article). This appearance is indicative of a fracture threshold that is significantly lower than typical. NASA has determined, through testing, that this low grade alloy has only 65% of the fracture strength of the nominal alloy typically used. NASA engineers have devised a potential fix to the problem that they are currently testing to ensure the repair will cause no unintended consequences. NASA plans to have the Discovery shuttle ready to launch again by February 24th, 2011."
Java

Apache Resigns From the JCP Executive Committee 136

iammichael writes "The Apache Software Foundation has resigned its seat on the Java SE/EE Executive Committee due to a long dispute over the licensing restrictions placed on the TCK (test kit validating third-party Java implementations are compatible with the specification)."
Encryption

Submission + - Tool Cracks BitLocker to Go Encryption in 20 Mins (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: BitLocker to Go, drive encryption built into Windows 7 Ultimate that helps protect sensitive data on USB storage devices, may not as safe as you think. Passware, Inc., today announced that the latest version of its Passware Kit Forensic 10.1 software suite allows for cracking of BitLocker To Go USB Disks. The company claims that their software can decrypt BitLocker To Go thumb drives in less than 20 minutes.
Earth

Submission + - Super-tough wireless sensors - operate to 900C (theregister.co.uk)

Thorfinn.au writes: Topflight engineers based in Newcastle have hit upon a radical plan for warning of volcanic eruptions. They intend to build a heatproof sensor unit which can be dropped into a volcano's caldera and wirelessly transmit data to monitoring stations despite being possibly immersed in molten rock.

"At the moment we have no way of accurately monitoring the situation inside a volcano and in fact most data collection actually goes on post-eruption. With an estimated 500 million people living in the shadow of a volcano this is clearly not ideal," explains Dr Alton Horsfall of Newcastle uni's Centre for Extreme Environment Technology.

"We still have some way to go but using silicon carbide technology we hope to develop a wireless communication system that could accurately collect and transmit chemical data from the very depths of a volcano."

Censorship

Submission + - Google.cn Goes Dark, Google Hires More in China (google.com)

eldavojohn writes: The redirected landing page Google implemented as a technical workaround appears to be no more. Google.cn times out while the Hong Kong site it redirected to seems to be up. Google has also started hiring more engineers inside China which is causing some to speculate that they will again approach the Chinese government for a permit to host their search engine.

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