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Submission + - Are There Trojans in Your USB Chargers? (cnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Trojans have been discovered in the software for a battery charger. SD cards are small enough that they could be hidden within many pass through devices. Most people would not think of a USB charger as possible threat vector. How worried should we be about this tactic? How can we mitigate it?

Submission + - Lawyer Attempts to Trademark Bitcoin (rogerwehbe.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: A NY based lawyer has submitted an application to the US Patent and Trademark Office claiming first use of the term bitcoin on June 22nd, 2011. The evidence of first use in the form of a letter a letter detailing his wife's offer to sell "bitcoin" for $17.50 on June 23rd. A pdf extolling the virtues of bitcoin has also been uploaded to his law firms webpage

Submission + - SKA telescope set to generate more data than Net (computerworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "The forthcoming $2.1 billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope could generate more data per day than the entire internet when it comes online in 2020, according to the director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), Professor Peter Quinn. SKA — which Australia with New Zealand and South Africa are competing to host, and which will help the search for Earth-like planets, alien life forms, dark matter and black holes — will be 10,000 times more powerful than any telescope currently used. Slashdot has previously discussed the proposal to use "Skynet" — a grid-computing-based solution for processing and storage"

Submission + - Old Linksys Routers Control BBQ Smokers (tvwbb.com)

mache writes: Its scary when you find two completely unrelated areas that you are passionate about merged. It happened to me with BBQ and hacking home network infrastructure. People have taken old Linksys WRT54G (and their derivatives) routers and made them into automatic temperature controllers for BBQ smokers. They support Wi-Fi and even have a web browser to monitor progress. More here http://tvwbb.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9270072103/m/7691098906

Submission + - Could Neurons be Signaling Each Other Via Sound?

repapetilto writes: Danish Biophysicists challenge the accepted scientific views of how nerves function and of how anesthetics work. Their research suggests that action of nerves is based on sound pulses (propagating pressure waves) and that this explains the phenomenon of anesthesia.

For the more curious of you can find the original papers here

Life May Have Evolved In Ice 159

Philip Bailey writes "An article in this month's Discover Magazine claims that some of the fundamental organic molecules required for the development of life could have spontaneously arisen within ice. Scientist Stanley Miller was responsible for seminal experiments in the 1950s in this area. He used sparks and a mixture of inorganic chemicals to test his theories, but turned to low temperature experiments in later years. He was able to create the constituents of RNA and proteins from a mixture of cyanide, ammonia and ice in trials lasting up to 25 years. A process known as eutectic freezing is thought to be the basis of these results: small pockets of liquid water, in which foreign molecules are concentrated enormously, increases the reaction rates, and more than compensates for temperature-related slowing."

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