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First Self-Replicating Creature Spawned In Conway's Game of Life 241

Calopteryx writes "New Scientist has a story on a self-replicating entity which inhabits the mathematical universe known as the Game of Life. 'Dubbed Gemini, [Andrew Wade's] creature is made of two sets of identical structures, which sit at either end of the instruction tape. Each is a fraction of the size of the tape's length but, made up of two constructor arms and one "destructor," play a key role. Gemini's initial state contains three of these structures, plus a fourth that is incomplete. As the simulation progresses the incomplete structure begins to grow, while the structure at the start of the tape is demolished. The original Gemini continues to disassemble as the new one emerges, until after nearly 34 million generations, new life is born.'"

Submission + - Best innovations of CeBIT 2007

Iddo Genuth writes: "Taking place for more than 20 years, the largest technology exhibition in the world might not have been as exciting as in previous years but still presented several interesting innovations. From GPS cameras to solar handbags, here are some of the less familiar technologies demonstrated at CeBIT 2007."
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Submission + - OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator at CeBIT

demitri writes: Legit Reviews has a quick article up on OCZ Technology's Neural Impulse Actuator that OCZ is showing off over at CeBIT this past week and the device is worth a look. Geared to improve PC productivity and gaming, the actuator uses three neural sensors that are resting on the forehead of the user to create unique commands based on the specific permutation of brain, eye and facial muscle activity. Freaked out yet?
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Submission + - Philips patents morphing pants and shirts

An anonymous reader writes: The latest patent round-up on New Scientist includes one from Philips on garments that can be electronically adjusted to different measurements and styles. The clothes contain interwoven shape-memory alloys with shorten or lengthen in response to an electric current. So, next time flared pants come back into fashion, you could step out in style at the flick of a switch. The same round-up also includes a NASA idea for reducing aircraft noise and a cheaper way to image soft tissue in patients.

Submission + - DRM could drive a revolution in free hardware

An anonymous reader writes: Increasingly restrictive intellectual property laws may make it difficult or even impossible to produce consumer electronics devices in the near future. If they aren't killed off by the growing mass of trivial patents for everything from double clicking to "look and feel", they may bump up against the DMCA for permitting the creation or playback of pirated content.

But the new developments in 3D printing and other DIY hardware innovations may could chnage all this by opening the door to DIY hardware. Just as VLC makes the issue of whether Windows Media Player can play pirated DVDs obsolete, freely downloadable blueprints for open source iPods that can be "printed out" on a desktop rapid prototyping device could spell the end for hardware monopolies.

This article by Charcoal Design explorers the evolution of consumer technology over the last 20 years, and suggests that desktop manufacturing of simple electronic devices such as media players could be the next big thing to hit the consumer hardware market.

Submission + - Google Phone in the Works

Vacardo writes: Google is developing its own mobile phone, according to industry insiders and analysts.

The device described could handle voice over internet phone-calling. He said it is being developed within a 100-person mobile phone group at Google that includes Andy Rubin, the creator of Sidekick, a popular phone and internet device that he developed at a prior company he founded, Danger Inc.

"Mobile is an important area for Google," Google spokeswoman Erin Fors said on Friday. "We remain focused on creating applications and establishing and growing partnerships with industry leaders to develop innovative services for users worldwide. However, we have nothing further to announce."

Submission + - Audio Sombrero - A surround sound hat!

Ant writes: "Chairboy says "Is this the answer to the ancient question: 'How will I enjoy full surround sound while walking down the street?' Yes!!1!!1!eleventy!! A wicked combination of stylish and practical, it solves almost as many problems as it causes. It is a question wrapped in an enigma, wrapped in some sort of piece of bacon!""

Submission + - OpenBSD: Now 2 remote holes in more than 10 years

Saint Aardvark writes: "CoreLabs released an advisory today about a remote hole in OpenBSD. The vulnerability, which affects versions 3.1, 3.6, 3.8, 3.9, 4.0 and the upcoming 4.1 release (for code obtained prior to Feb 26th; the upcoming CD is fine), comes from the way OpenBSD's IPv6 code handles mbufs. Theo's terse announcement is an interesting counterpoint to Core Security's timetable, which details their efforts to convince the OpenBSD team of the flaw's seriousness. The workaround is to block IPv6. Discussion continues on, and a short discussion of the flaw's details can be found here."

Submission + - new consumer Internet/home/SOHO uber-appliance

open appliances writes: " Open Appliances has created the first automatic digital telephone switch in a box — with firewall/router, data archive, media server, VPN and remote desktop/file access/sharing built-in. There is no user interface for the appliance and it has only connections for telephone lines, USB disks, telephones, Internet (WAN) and local network (LAN). There is one button — ON/OFF. PC backup agents, VPN clients and PC telephone software is all included with the system. Wi-fi handsets are available to allow remote-control of the home/office phone lines from any wireless internet connection. The entire system is open source in solid state using an Xscale-4XX 266Mhz single board CPU. Systems are available now."

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