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Comment Launch Date: April 16 (Score 3, Informative) 136

April 16 Ariane 5 Herschel & Planck
Launch time: approx. 1230 GMT (8:30 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace Flight 188 will use an Ariane 5 rocket with an ECA upper stage to launch the European Space Agency's Herschel and Planck observatories. The Herschel infrared telescope will study the evolution of stars and galaxies and the Planck spacecraft will observe the cosmic background radiation left over from the Big Bang. [Jan. 14]

Comment Actual link to scientific article (Score 1) 239


We present single-molecule, real-time sequencing data obtained from a DNA polymerase performing uninterrupted template-directed synthesis using four distinguishable fluorescently labeled deoxyribonucleoside triphosphates (dNTPs). We detected the temporal order of their enzymatic incorporation into a growing DNA strand with zero-mode waveguide nanostructure arrays, which provide optical observation volume confinement and enable parallel, simultaneous detection of thousands of single-molecule sequencing reactions. Conjugation of fluorophores to the terminal phosphate moiety of the dNTPs allows continuous observation of DNA synthesis over thousands of bases without steric hindrance. The data report directly on polymerase dynamics, revealing distinct polymerization states and pause sites corresponding to DNA secondary structure. Sequence data were aligned with the known reference sequence to assay biophysical parameters of polymerization for each template position. Consensus sequences were generated from the single-molecule reads at 15-fold coverage, showing a median accuracy of 99.3%, with no systematic error beyond fluorophore-dependent error rates.


Submission + - New Zealand suggests TLD

spir0 writes: ""NZ plans on setting up a new Top Level Domain (TLD) under the .nz banner. Aimed at the banking institution, the new TLD is While on the surface, this may seem like a great idea — separating the banks into their own little community, the long term effects of this are dubious, or redundant at best."

This issue has been beaten around for the global registry, and I don't see a .bank TLD yet, but New Zealand is so small and there are so few banks, that I question the legitimacy of this suggestion."

Submission + - Giant Rabbits Solve North Korea's Hunger Problems

iamdrscience writes: "
Karl Szmolinsky, a 67 year old, East German pensioner that have breds [sic] rabbits the size of dogs for 47 years was asked by North Korea's ambassador whether he might be willing to sell some rabbits to set up a breeding farm in North Korea.
So far he has sold 12 rabbits for 80 per rabbit instead of the usual price of 200-250. Each of the rabbits weighs about 7kg and can be used to feed eight people."

Submission + - McNaught "brightest comet in recorded history&

WFFS writes: "There's a new comet in town, and it could be a beauty. Discovered by Robert H. McNaught, the comet has been seen in Canada, Alaska, and the Scandinavian countries, and as far south as the midwest of the US. It is so spectacular, that NASA astronomer Tony Philips said that "It could emerge as the brightest comet in recorded history." After January 15, Comet McNaught can be seen in the southern hemisphere, where it will rival Venus in luminosity. In the local venacular... Strewth! Bloody ripper!"

Submission + - Preferred preservation method?

Bifurcati writes: "Preferred preservation method?

* Transfer of consciousness to The Matrix
* Liquid nitrogen, ready for thawing
* Black hole event horizon
* Canopic jar
* Corpse case mod"

Submission + - A Wii Bit of Porn

mreed911 writes: According to a story on WFAA (ABC affiliate in Dallas, TX), the Wii and PS3 being targeted as "porn gateways."

From the article:
"Some porn sites are advertising they are "Wii Friendly." Their screens have been reconfigured to fit the Wii and the Playstation 3.

No mention is made of the XBox and it's online capabilities, or the DS, or the PSP... but one can imagine that similar themes could come into play. Are porn sites really re-configuring themselves to be console-compatible? What will this mean for content-control systems like CyberNanny, etc. in the console space?
Media (Apple)

Submission + - Top 10 things to hate about the Apple iPhone

SlinkySausage writes: "APC Magazine has looked at Apple's iPhone with a critical eye and spotted 10 areas that are significantly lacking. In summary: slow mobile data, battery life that sucks, non-user replaceable battery, potential for touch screen problems, heavy data usage, last-generation camera, proprietary tie-ins, no video chat, carrier lock-in, and not much storage space for video.

"Don't get me wrong," writes the article's author Dan Warne. "I want an iPhone as badly as the next guy, but in the midst of the gushing hype-stream out there, I'd like to provide a little balance and point out that the iPhone's far from perfect. Is it one of the most technologically advanced phones on the market? Absolutely. Do we live in a perfect world? Of course not. Do I wish Apple had reconsidered a few aspects of the iPhone to make it even better? Yep."

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