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Submission + - Observe your sperm with this smart-phone loupe

AmiMoJo writes: Japanese firm TENGA has released a kit for observing sperm with a smart phone. The product is aimed at men worried about infertility, offering 550x magnification to give a clear view of individual sperm.

Submission + - A programming language for living cells (phys.org)

FullBandwidth writes: MIT biological engineers have created a programming language that allows them to rapidly design complex, DNA-encoded circuits that give new functions to living cells.

Using this language, anyone can write a program for the function they want, such as detecting and responding to certain environmental conditions. They can then generate a DNA sequence that will achieve it.

"It is literally a programming language for bacteria," says Christopher Voigt, an MIT professor of biological engineering. "You use a text-based language, just like you're programming a computer. Then you take that text and you compile it and it turns it into a DNA sequence that you put into the cell, and the circuit runs inside the cell."

Submission + - Bug In Steam Shows You Other Users' Account Details (kotaku.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Steam game distribution platform is suffering from a particularly bad bug right now. If you log in and try to look at your account details, you're shown the details of another user's account — seemingly picked at random. This includes, email address, last 4 digits of a phone number, whether SteamGuard (their two-factor authentication) is enabled, last the 2 digits of an associated credit card. If you play a game, Steam will show you as being logged in as somebody else while in that game. Many users are being shown pages in other languages, as they are mistaken for players in different regions. This bug follows an apparent DDoS attack that took the service down for several hours. The bug doesn't seem to allow people to purchase games using a different account. That's good, though that means most, perhaps all players, are unable to buy games on Christmas.

Comment London is not the rest of the world. (Score 2) 216

Except for London, everywhere in Europe I have been:
1. Taxi drivers are incompetent and rude.
2. Taxi's are way to expensive.

In London however:
1. Black cab drivers can find the quickest way to the smallest street in a complex city.
2. Taxi's are very reasonably priced.
3. Private car hire is allowed, for those long trips where taxi's would be too expensive.

London does not need Uber. But mainland Europe needs it. Badly!

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