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  • Kinect For PCs Early Next Year, Microsoft Eyeing Business Apps
    By on October 31, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments


    An anonymous reader writes “Microsoft has announced that its Kinect motion-control system will be available for PCs in early 2012, and that they’re planning to take it into the business world as well. ‘Microsoft plans to launch a commercial program for the peripheral early next year, giving businesses the tools to develop customized applications for their companies and industries. The pilot program already includes such familiar names (more…)

  • Fish Evolve Immunity To Toxic Sludge
    By on October 30, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    RedEaredSlider writes “Fish in the Hudson River and the harbor in New Bedford, Mass., have evolved resistance to PCBs. In the Hudson, a species of tomcod has evolved a way for a very specific protein to simply not bind to PCBs, nearly eliminating the toxicity. In New Bedford, the Atlantic killifish has proteins that bind to the toxin (just as the do in mammals) but the fish aren’t affected despite high levels of PCBs in their cells. Why (more…)

  • HPV Vaccine Recommended For Boys
    By on October 25, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    necro81 writes “An advisory committee to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will soon issue new recommendations that pre-adolescent boys be vaccinated against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The disease is sexually transmitted, endemic in the sexually active, can cause genital warts in both men and women, and is the primary cause of cervical cancer, which kills hundreds of thousands of women globally each year. The three-dose (more…)

  • Google Reader’s Social Features Merging With Google+
    By on October 20, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    MrSeb writes “Moments ago, Google announced that Reader, as soon as next week, will be moving closer to Google+. Many of its social features (friending, following, sharing) are being buried in favor of Google+ equivalents. Fortunately, Reader has always had the ability to export your RSS subscriptions and feed groups in the widely-accepted OPML format, and over the next few days this will be expanded to include your shared items, friends, likes, and (more…)

  • World Solar Challenge About To Start
    By on October 15, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    SustainableJeroen writes “On Sunday morning at 08:30 local time — that’s less than an hour away — the World Solar Challenge will start in Darwin, Australia. The first solar racing car and its support fleet will depart Darwin to traverse the 3000+ km to Adelaide through the Australian outback. It will be followed at two-minute intervals by 36 other racing teams, from twenty countries from all over the world. The qualification round, held (more…)

  • Jonathan Koomey Answers Your Questions
    By on October 10, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    A couple weeks ago, you asked questions of Stanford professor Jonathan Koomey about what has been dubbed Koomey’s Law — the idea that the energy efficiency of computing doubles every 1.5 years. Read on for Professor Koomey’s answers to the questions you raised.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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  • Samsung Seeking Ban of iPhone 4S in Europe
    By on October 6, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    First time accepted submitter KingofSpades writes “Samsung has announced that they will try to stop the sale of Apple Inc.’s iPhone 4S in France and Italy. Samsung believes that Apple is ‘severely violating’ some of their patents. From the article: ‘Samsung will file motions with courts in Paris and Milan seeking the ban, each citing two patent infringements on wireless telecommunications technology, the Suwon, South Korea- based company said in an (more…)