UnknowingFool writes: "PC World has some details about their new Zunes coming out in time for the holidays. Overall, MS is putting out a 4GB/8GB flash model, a new 80GB disk model, and a revamped Zune marketplace. The good points: All models will sync wirelessly and play video. The 80GB model is comparable to and beats the iPod classic in some respects. The new 80GB Zunes will allow for more customized backs. The new Zune marketplace is much easier to navigate and use. The bad points: "Squirting" is still limited to 3 plays though no longer 3 days. The flash Zune is not comparable to the new iPod nano. The disk Zune is not comparable to the iPod Touch as a video player. The marketplace has not announced changes to use real money instead of points."
explosivejared writes: "Researchers from Oregon allege that they have successfully derived embryonic stem cells (ESCs) from a blastocyst created through somatic cell nuclear transfer. If confirmed, this would be a world first and could potentially lead to the creation of human ESCs through cloning.
While details of the new research — led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov and performed at the Oregon National Primate Research Center — will be unavailable until the work is published in the journal Nature, his past work may provide some indication of what to expect. (Given the fraud of Hwang Woo-Suk, who came out of nowhere, one can't be too careful.)
If this bears any fruit this will be sure to stir a frenzied debate over the ethics of cloning all over again."
Solar-powered PMPs still aren't exactly all that easy to come by, but it looks like they're slowly becoming a bit more plentiful, as evidenced by this latest bit of gear from HK Power. As you can see, this one plays up its gaming capabilities quite a bit, which apparently comes in the form of NES and Game Boy emulators, and not anything PlayStation-related, despite the familiar buttons. Otherwise, you'll supposedly also be able to take advantage of the PMP's solar-charging capabilities to power up some of your other devices, and you'll of course get all the usual PMP-related functions, with an SD card slot apparently your only means of storage.
coondoggie writes: "The US Army is warning the public of a hoax e-mail asking recipients to send holiday mail to soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The e-mail instructs recipients to send Christmas cards to "A Recovering American Soldier," and lists Walter Reed's Washington, D.C., mailing address. While the idea sounds good on paper the medical center cannot accept and the US Postal Service no longer will deliver such items. Under a 2001 policy designed to improve security, the medical center can't accept mail addressed to "Any Wounded Soldier" or "A Recovering American Soldier."