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Science

Submission + - Hints of Higgs Boson Appear Weaker (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Last month, physicists working with the world's highest-energy atom-smasher reported possible evidence of the long-sought Higgs boson, the last missing piece of scientists' standard model of fundamental particles and the key to physicists' explanation of how all particles get their mass. Today, however, the same two teams reported that, with more data, those signs appear slightly weaker, suggesting that they could be a statistical fluctuation in the "background" produced by decays of familiar particles. Still, the curious excess of possible Higgs bosons remains.
Science

Submission + - Reducing one amino acid could increase lifespan (sciencenews.org)

John Bryson writes: "Eating less of one amino acid might lengthen your life. There have been lots of previous studies showing that many species live long on highly restricted calories, but a lot of this benefit may be possible by only restricting one amino acid. Amino acids that have shown this have been tryptophan and methionine. A recent study, published online December 2 in Nature, a highly respected journal, may help explain some of the health benefits of restricted-calorie diets. Grandison, R.C., Piper, M.D.W., and Partridge, L. 2009. Amino-acid imbalance explains extension of lifespan by dietary restriction in Drosophila. Nature, published online Dec. 2. doi:10.1038/nature08619"
Biotech

Man Controls Cybernetic Hand With Thoughts 81

MaryBethP writes "Scientists in Italy announced Wednesday that Pierpaolo Petruzziello, a 26-year-old Italian who had lost his left forearm in a car accident, was successfully linked to an artificial limb that was controlled by electrodes implanted in his arm and connected to the median and ulnar nerves. He has learned to control the artificial limb with his mind. According to CNet, Petruzziello says he could feel sensations in it, as if the lost arm had grown back again. The BBC has a brief video showing the arm in operation."
Science

Submission + - Interview with Emotiv co-founder Nam Do (pcauthority.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Controlling computers with our minds may sound like science fiction, but one Australian company claims to be able to let you do just that. The Emotiv device has been garnering attention at trade shows and conferences for several years, and now the company says it is set to launch the Emotiv EPOC headset on December 21. So what exactly is Emotiv's vision for the groundbreaking device, and does it live up to the hype? PC Authority spoke to co-founder Nam Do about the Emotiv technology and its potential as a mainstream gaming interface.

Submission + - Motorola Droid has serious WiFi issues (motorola.com)

GrantRobertson writes: "There is a forum thread on the Motorola web site with 28 pages of complaints from people, many experienced in IT issues, who cannot get their new toys to connect to Wifi properly. Many can get an IP address but no data transfers. Others can get some data to transfer but then it rapidly slows to a crawl.

It appears that Motorola has chosen to ignore the issue, pointing the finger at the WiFi access point manufacturers instead, much to the amusement of the forum members. Yes, I am one of the unlucky ones who can't get a connection. My recommendation is to not purchase a Droid until Motorola gets this issue straightened out."

Submission + - Newspaper crowdsources Tony Blair investigation (guardian.co.uk)

projector writes: The Guardian are crowd sourcing an investigation into former Prime Minister Tony Blair's finances. "Since Tony Blair stepped down, he has received millions of pounds from an unusual mixture of income streams. His financial affairs have been described as 'Byzantine' and 'opaque'. Can you shed any light on them?" Documents detailing Blair's companies are being made available, readers are asked to send their remarks and observations to the newspaper.

Submission + - What use old TiVO hardware?

buss_error writes: "I have old TiVO hardware that I'd like to reuse — however, I find in searching that the most frequent reply is "Don't cheat TiVO!"
I don't want to cheat TiVO — In fact, I'd like to nuke the drive with a completely open source distro with no TiVO drivers at all.
Some uses I'd find interesting:

A PVR for security cams
A PVR for a drive cam
A unit for weather reporting
FAX/Telephone
Power monitor for the home
Other home automation

Again — I would prefer a completely TiVO free install — this is because I have major issues with TiVO and don't want the slightest
taint if their intellectual property. But since I paid for the hardware, I'd like to wring some use of it rather than simply put it in the landfill.
I won't give it away for some other person to experience my issues with TiVO — I'll throw it away before I'd do that."
Enlightenment

Submission + - People Emit Visible Light (aol.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "The human body literally glows, emitting a visible light in extremely small quantities at levels that rise and fall with the day, scientists now reveal. Japanese researchers have shown that the body emits visible light, 1,000 times less intense than the levels to which our naked eyes are sensitive. In fact, virtually all living creatures emit very weak light, which is thought to be a byproduct of biochemical reactions involving free radicals."
Data Storage

Submission + - What happened to 5.25" hard drives? 12

indolering writes: "While scouring the usual suspects for cheap a HD I got to thinking about the old 5.25" hard drives of the 90's. I'm on a tight budget (as is everyone else these days) but I don't have room for another 3.5" hard drive. So I have to get an exponentially larger drive or an eSATA case. Since 5.25" inch disks have roughly twice the surface area, why wouldn't we still be making these suckers? The larger capacity would allow for more bad sectors/manufacturing defects, the SOHO, media center, and vanilla consumer NAS market doesn't seem to care if they are larger; users just hide the units behind the couch or stick them into a supplies closet. Is it more economical because of part overlap between the 2.5" and 3.5" disks, is the additional raw material more expensive than just increasing memory density, what?"
Internet Explorer

Submission + - The End Of IE's Stranglehold On The Corporate PC? (infoworld.com) 1

snydeq writes: "Competition for consumer browser use has not yet carried over to the enterprise, with Internet Explorer — in large part due to legacy enterprise app dependencies on IE6 — remaining the de facto browser standard for corporate use. But recent developments at Mozilla and Google, as well as IT's desire to migrate older Web apps beyond IE6, may soon change all that, just as antitrust pressures have caused Microsoft to ship Windows 7 in Europe without IE8. Mozilla's Build Your Own Browser program, which enables organizations to customize certain browser functions and 'skin' Mozilla with company logos via Personas, may help Firefox ride its cross-platform popularity into the enterprise, just as group policy controls added to Google Update will allow admins to apply polices to Chrome across all computers on a particular domain. Analysts also believe Google's powerful position could help it strike deals with PC makers in Europe to distribute Chrome on Windows 7, now that Microsoft is taking IE8 out of the OS."
Games

Submission + - Eight Videogame Places You're Not Supposed to Go (crispygamer.com) 1

Ssquared22 writes: The eight far-off realms in this article exist for different reasons. They could be developer test areas, or forgotten pieces of landscape that somehow made their way into the final code. Whatever their reason for being, they all have one thing in common: They weren't meant to be explored by the likes of you and me. But through persistence, hacks or some combination of the two, you can take in these rare delights for yourself. Pack your bags.
Data Storage

Submission + - Sun's Bold Solid State Drive Gambit (enterprisestorageforum.com)

storagedude writes: "Adding solid state drives to storage arrays makes for a nice performance boost, but without software to make sure the right applications and workloads are getting to the SSDs, users either have to do a whole lot of integration work or risk wasting a lot of very expensive hardware on unimportant tasks. Only a handful of storage vendors are offering this capability just yet — IBM, Sun, EMC, Compellent and Larry Ellison-backed Pillar Data come to mind — but Sun is really breaking new ground by giving away their technology for free. Vendors are all using the same SSDs (from STEC), so it's the software that makes each offering different; a bold move by Sun to give that away in hopes of attracting customers willing to pay for their hardware integration."

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