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Science

Submission + - New Medical Camera The Size Of A Grain Of Salt (singularityhub.com)

kkleiner writes: "The German Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration recently reported the development of a camera with a lens attached that is 1 x 1 x 1.5 millimeters in size, which is the size of a grain of salt. At about a cubic millimeter in size, this camera is right at the size limit that the human eye can see unaided. The camera not only produces decent images but it is also very cheap to manufacture. So cheap in fact that it is considered disposable."
Science

Pumpkin Pie increases Male Sex Drive 173

Dr. Alan Hirsch, Director of Chicago's Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Center, says the key to a man's heart, and other parts, is pumpkin pie. Out of the 40 odors tested in Hirsch's study, a mixture of lavender and pumpkin pie got the biggest rise out of men ages 18 to 64. That particular fragrance was found to increase penile blood flow by an average of 40%. "Maybe the odors acted to reduce anxiety. By reducing anxiety, it acted to remove inhibitions," said Hirsch.
Transportation

Porsche Unveils 911 Hybrid With Flywheel Booster 197

MikeChino writes "Porsche has just unveiled its 911 GT3 R Hybrid, a 480 horsepower track vehicle ready to rock the 24-hour Nurburgring race this May. Porsche's latest supercar will use the same 911 production platform available to consumers today, with a few race-ready features including front-wheel hybrid drive and an innovative flywheel system that stores kinetic energy from braking and then uses it to provide a 160 horsepower burst of speed. The setup is sure to offer an advantage when powering out of turns and passing by other racers."

Submission + - Is Richard Stallman Mellowing? (computerworlduk.com)

E5Rebel writes: "Richard Stallman is sometimes presented as a kind of Old Testament prophet, hurling anathemas hither and thither. But just recently we've had a fascinating document that suggests that this is wrong – or that RMS is mellowing. The piece goes by the unpromising name of “On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL”, and it's about that perennial favourite, software licensing:"
Medicine

Submission + - Rudolph the Cadmium-Nosed Reindeer

theodp writes: Barred from using lead in children's jewelry because of its toxicity, some Chinese manufacturers have been substituting the more dangerous heavy metal cadmium in sparkling charm bracelets and shiny pendants being sold throughout the U.S., an AP investigation shows. Charms from 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' bracelets were measured at between 82 and 91 percent cadmium, and leached so much cadmium that they would have to be specially handled and disposed of under U.S. environmental law if they were waste from manufacturing. Cadmium, a known carcinogen, can hinder brain development in the very young. 'There's nothing positive that you can say about this metal. It's a poison,' said the CDC's Bruce Fowler. On the CDC's priority list of 275 most hazardous substances in the environment, cadmium ranks No. 7. Jewelry industry veterans in China say cadmium has been used in domestic products there for years. Hey, at least it doesn't metabolize into GHB when the little tykes ingest it.
Biotech

Doctors Will Test Gene Editing On HIV Patients 263

Soychemist writes "Some people have a mutation that makes them highly resistant to HIV, and scientists think that they can give that immunity to anyone with a new type of gene therapy. The first human trials will start at the University of Pennsylvania this week. Researchers will draw blood from people with drug-resistant HIV, clip the CCR5 gene out of their T-cells with a nuclease enzyme, grow the modified cells in a dish, and then return 10 billion of them to the patient's bloodstream. Those cells will be immune to the virus, and they will keep the patient's T-cell count up even if the rest are destroyed. 'We will see if it is safe and if those cells inhibit HIV replication in vivo,' said the lead researcher. 'We know they do in the test tube.'"
Government

Submission + - Cuba lifts ban on computer, DVD sales

Stanislav_J writes: Cuba has now authorized the sale of computers, DVD and video players, and other electrical appliances (including such things as electric pressure cookers, car alarms, and microwave ovens). Is this the first sign that things south of Key West might just get a little better under the big jefe's little brother? Or is it a relatively empty gesture, considering that most residents of the communist island probably can't afford to buy these things anyway? (Not to mention having enough reliable and stable electricity to power them.) Does it mean anything to allow the sale of car alarms when most Cubans can't afford a car, or microwave ovens when food rations run out halfway through the month? And one has to wonder if computers sold at the local Raul-Mart will come pre-equipped with spying/logging software.

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