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Submission + - Tattoos to Monitor Your Heart, Dissolving Electronics & Portable X-rays (

Healthline Team writes: These über-thin electronic “tattoos” have potential applications on the battlefield and anywhere else real-time monitoring and radio communications are required, and they're just one of many innovations in the field of microtechnology, where everything electrical is miniaturized for efficiency and ease of use.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Morse Code can now be decoded from blinking patterns in REM sleep. ( 6

IAmCoder writes: "I have been training myself to blink in Morse Code patterns and have started writing a new plugin for LSDBase that can decode the patterns in hope that I can transcribe live from within a dream one day.

I also designed a headband, that will be known as a halograph FM, with a motion detector that is sensitive enough to pick up the heartbeat and can thus easily detect rapid eye movements. And I wrote a program, Lucid Scribe, that plays audio tracks when it detects that I am dreaming. I can sometimes hear the songs in my dreams and act on that knowledge – by flying, for example.

Here is a video of the first few characters that I can type just by blinking. Relevant XKCD in 3, 2, 1."


Submission + - Battle Chess Kickstarter: Bringin' the Queen back (

dotarray writes: Battle Chess. Even the name evokes a certain imagery, a certain feel, full of knights and bishops and pawns beating the living daylights out of each other. And if you played the original 1988 smash hit game for PC, you'll also have the mental image of two queens engaging in a slap-fight, mid-board.
If you didn't play the original game, you may be about to receive a second chance, with Subdued Software announcing plans to bring the game back — and how else, but via Kickstarter.


Submission + - Fake Instagram and Angry Birds Among 5,000 New Malicious Android Apps (

An anonymous reader writes: Around 5,000 new malicious Android apps were identified in the last three months alone, according to internet security experts at Trend Micro.
The rise in malicious software for Android devices is partly blamed on today's social networking generation, who give more personal information than ever to websites like Facebook and Twitter.


Submission + - Mutant flu resercher risks 6 years in prison for publishing without permission (

scibri writes: Ron Fouchier, one of the researchers involved in the controversy over whether to publish research on mutant versions of H5N1 bird flu, has said he plans to submit his paper to Science without applying for an export control license as demanded by the Dutch government.

Failing to get the license means he could face penalties including up to six years in prison.

Whether the paper falls under export-control laws is unclear. The Netherlands implements European Union (EU) legislation on export controls, which require an export permit for ‘dual-use’ materials and information — those that could have both legitimate and malicious uses — including those relating to dangerous pathogens. But the EU law allows an exception for “basic scientific research” that is “not primarily directed towards a specific practical aim or objective”, which Fouchier says should cover his work.


Submission + - Microsoft Windows 8 Buy or Wait? (

leaparker writes: "Microsoft is showing off parts of Windows 8, their next version of the most popular computer operating system in the world. The question is; is this the operating system you should plan to install on your current PC? On the other hand, should you wait until it comes preinstalled on the next computer you buy?"

Submission + - New laser makes pirates wish they wore eye-patches 1

vieux schnock writes: The New Scientist has an article about a new laser developed by a company in Farnborough, UK, aiming at deterring modern high-seas pirates. Devised as a "warning shot" to "distract suspected pirates rather than harm them", the meter-wide bean can scan the pirates' 6-metre skiffs and make it difficult for them to aim their AK-47 or rocket-propelled grenades at the ship.

Submission + - What is happening on the SSD front?

lyberth writes: So what is happening on the SSD front now?
the news have been few and far between. Prices have remained fairly stable and capacity is only climbing very very slowly comared to nearly any other storage technology.
Why is this, why dont we see a bitter pricewar between Intel, OCZ, kingston and any other company that makes those drives?
Is there perhaps a silent accept by the producers, that as long as there are hungry customers out there, then nobody needs to lower their prices?
Or is it just that much harder to make a SSD disk than to make a usb thumb drive?

Submission + - WikiLeaks has “splintering effect” on (

BussyB writes: The expanding droves of WikiLeaks supporters and differing opinions as to how attacks should be carried out is causing a “splintering effect” of what was originally Operation Payback, according to sources at Panda Security.

Since some of the members of the original Operation Payback began Operation Avenge Assange, to rally around WikiLeaks most public representative by staging DDoS attacks against the online operations of corporations who cut off the site as more US diplomatic cables were published, more initiatives have split off with specific causes of their own.


Submission + - Navy Fires Railgun; Brings Sci-Fi To Life

An anonymous reader writes: On Friday it tested a version of a rail gun that fired a projectile using 33 megajoules of energy, or about 9,166 kilowatt hours. That's a bit less electricity than the average American home consumes in a year. The projectile is moving at up to five times the speed of sound, or about 3,840 miles per hour (6,180 kph). A two-pound mass moving at that speed hits with enough force to put a hole through a tank and bury itself in the ground below.
The Internet

68% of US Broadband Connections Aren't Broadband 611

An anonymous reader writes "The FCC has published a new 87-page report titled 'Internet Access Services: Status as of December 31, 2009 (PDF).' The report explains that 68 percent of connections in the US advertised as 'broadband' can't really be considered as such because they fall below the agency's most recent minimum requirement: 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream. In other words, more than two-thirds of broadband Internet connections in the US aren't really broadband; over 90 million people in the US are using a substandard broadband service. To make matters worse, 58 percent of connections don't even reach downstream speeds above 3Mbps. The definition of broadband is constantly changing, and it's becoming clear that the US is having a hard time keeping up."

Submission + - X Particle Might Explain Dark Matter & Antimat ( 1

cold fjord writes: Wired Science has a story on a new theory that tries to explain dark matter, and the balance of regular matter with antimatter. This theory may even be testable.

A new hypothetical particle could solve two cosmic mysteries at once: what dark matter is made of, and why there's enough matter for us to exist at all. ...Together with physicists Hooman Davoudiasl at Brookhaven National Lab and David Morrissey of TRIUMF, Tulin and Sigurdson suggest a way to solve the problem of missing antimatter: Hide it away as dark matter. The details are published in the Nov. 19 Physical Review Letters.

Submission + - 'Chaos' at WikiLeaks Follows Assange Arrest ( 1

cold fjord writes: Wired's Threat Level is reporting that:

The arrest without bail of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday has left the organization in a state of uncertainty, despite transition plans laid out prior to his surrender to British police, according to one dispirited WikiLeaks activist who spoke to Threat Level on condition of anonymity. ... Assange left Icelandic television journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson in charge of the group in his absence, the activist said. But now the embattled organization's secrecy and compartmentalization are apparently hindering its operations. ... Specifically, midlevel WikiLeaks staffers have been mostly cut off from communicating with hundreds of volunteers whose contact information was stored in Assange's private online-messaging accounts, and never shared with others. ... "There is an ongoing plan, but that plan was only introduced to a few staffers — key staffers," explained the source. "We are experiencing chaos." ... And when Assange's autocratic leadership style was challenged by some staffers last year, he described his importance to the organization in no uncertain terms. "I am the heart and soul of this organization, its founder, philosopher, spokesperson, original coder, organizer, financier and all the rest." ... His absence, says the source, is being felt acutely. "The organization will most likely start to fall apart now."


Submission + - China to Build its Own Large Jetliner ( 2

Hugh Pickens writes: "China's domestic airlines will need to buy an estimated 4,330 new aircraft valued at $480 billion over the next two decades to meet demand in commercial aviation. Now the LA Times reports that the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China expects to begin producing its 156-seat C919 by 2016 competing with the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320. China has staked billions of dollars and national pride on the effort but what may surprise some Americans worried about slipping U.S. competitiveness is that some well-known U.S. companies are aiding China putting US and European suppliers in a tough spot: Be willing to hand over advanced technology to Chinese firms that could one day be rivals or miss out on what's likely to be the biggest aviation bonanza of the next half a century. "If they launch a commercial aviation industry, you've got to be part of it," says Roger Seager, GE Aviation's vice president and general manager for China, whose company has garnered contracts worth about $6 billion for the C919. "You can't take a pass and come back in 10 years. You've got to jump in with both feet now.... We would be remiss if we weren't trying to be part of their growth"

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