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Medicine

High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Bigger Weight Gain In Rats 542

krou writes "In an experiment conducted by a Princeton University team, 'Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.' Long-term consumption also 'led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides.' Psychology professor Bart Hoebel commented that 'When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they're becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don't see this; they don't all gain extra weight.'"
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Crytek Loses Faith in PC Exclusitivity

enderjsv writes: According to an article on Joystiq, the developer of the PC exclusive game Crysis has stated that they will no longer be making PC exclusive games, citing both poor sales and piracy as reasons. Here is a quote from the article:

-The comments were made as part of an interview with Croatian magazine PC Play, during which Yerli stated that 'I believe that's the core problem of PC gaming, piracy ... It was a big lesson for us and I believe we won't have PC exclusives as we did with Crysis in future.' He added that while the company will continue to create games for the PC, these titles will not be released solely for that platform.-

The article goes on to wonder if this news gives any more credibility to the oft-rumored PS3 and Xbox 360 ports. One thing is for sure, this isn't good news for PC gamers.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Forced patching - Did anyone say Big Brother ? 1

einar.petersen writes: So fellow /. 'ers. In my country of residence, Denmark, voices are publicly discussing FORCED PATCHING of peoples computer/operating systems etc. as a way to keep the masses safe on the internet. As an IT professional I was in shock and disbelief when I first heard of the idea on the second of April this year, and thought some journalist had just been sucked in. But alas it was not a delayed Aprils fools joke played on an unsuspecting journalist, there are actually people here who believe 1) It is a good idea, 2) It is doable. What makes this even worse is that having a patched system might become mandatory in order to access your government service pages (The Danish government is moving towards e-governance as a cost savings measure). But even worse it is not far fetched to see the logical consequence that it might become mandatory to keep your system patched to be allowed to get onto the Internet as well. In my head I'm thinking, "What patches?", "To which operation system?", and "To which programs?" Another thought screaming in my head is freedom of choice! Will everyone be forced to use the same operating system, if not who is to choose which? I would like to access the collective thoughts vregarding this matter and deliver a serious punch in the stomach of this initiative. The people who must be made to understand the arguments are potentially politicians and laymen.Thus I must ask you to explicitly explain in the simplest of terms, (examples welcome) why forced patching is a bad idea. I truly hope for an entertaining debate and good arguments regarding the matter. Best Regards. Einar Petersen
Math

Submission + - Rubik's cube proof cut to 25 moves (arxivblog.com)

KentuckyFC writes: "A scrambled Rubik's cube can be solved in just 25 moves, regardless of the starting configuration. Tomas Rosicki, a Stanford-trained mathematician, has proven the new limit (down from 26 which was proved last year) using a neat piece of computer science. Rather than study individual moves, he's used the symmetry of the cube to study its transformations in sets. This allows him to separate the "cube space" into 2 billion sets each containing 20 billion elements. He then shows that a large number of these sets are essentially equivalent to other sets and so can be ignored (abstract on the physics arxiv). Even then, to crunch through the remaining sets, he needed a workstation with 8GB of memory and around 1500 hours of time on a Q6600 CPU running at 1.6GHz. Next up, 24 moves."
Biotech

Journal Journal: Fat cells send message that aids insulin secretion

The body's fat cells help the pancreas do its job of secreting insulin, according to new research. This previously unrecognized process ultimately could lead to new methods to improve glucose metabolism in type 2 diabetic or insulin-resistant people. In a study using laboratory mice, published in the November 7, 2007 issue of Cell Metabolism, scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine report that fat cells releas

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