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  • Researchers Design DNA With New Shapes and Structures
    By on December 6, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments


    Jason Koebler writes: The shape of DNA is a double helix, right? That’s what we are taught. Well, now the answer is “not always.” Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered how to program DNA to be shaped like a bowl, or a spiral, or a ring, or other shapes that aren’t found in nature. It’s the latest in a string of discoveries about the underlying structure of life and the building blocks by which it’s made. Recently, (more…)



  • NASA Tests Aircraft With Shape Shifting Wings
    By on November 11, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Zothecula writes In January, we first heard about FlexFoil; a variable geometry airfoil system that seamlessly integrates into the trailing edge of the wing. During the year the system has made the leap from the test bench to the sky, with NASA conducting tests of the FlexFoil on a modified Gulfstream III business jet.

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  • Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software
    By on September 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    itwbennett writes: Four alleged members of an international computer hacking ring face charges in the U.S. of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. Army and several tech companies and stealing several software packages, including programs used to train Army helicopter pilots, as well as software and data related to the Xbox One gaming console, the Xbox Live online gaming service and popular games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and (more…)

  • The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware With Drive-By Downloads
    By on August 5, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes For the last two years, the FBI has been quietly experimenting with drive-by hacks as a solution to one of law enforcement’s knottiest Internet problems: how to identify and prosecute users of criminal websites hiding behind the powerful Tor anonymity system. The approach has borne fruit—over a dozen alleged users of Tor-based child porn sites are now headed for trial as a result. But it’s also engendering (more…)

  • Li Na out of US Open with knee injury
    By on July 31, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Two-time Grand Slam title winner Li Na of China is ruled out of next month’s US Open with a knee injury.

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  • VIDEO: When Lineker met up with Maradona
    By on June 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    BBC Sport’s Gary Lineker meets up with Diego Maradona on his Argentinean chat show, with the pair discussing Lionel Messi, the rivalry with Brazil and Argentina’s hopes of winning the World Cup.

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  • Elderly Mice Perk Up With Transfused Blood
    By on May 6, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Some exciting news, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, might make you glad that human blood is a renewable resource: “Giving old mice blood from young ones makes them smarter and improves such functions as exercise capacity, according to reports from two research teams that point to new ways to study and potentially treat diseases of aging. In one study, researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco found (more…)

  • Contact Lenses With Infrared Vision?
    By on April 1, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Orlando (12257) writes “A story on Singularity Hub reports that “Researchers at the University of Michigan, led by electrical engineer Zhaohui Zhong, have devised a way to capture the infrared spectrum without requiring the cooling that makes infrared goggles so cumbersome.” The method uses graphene and could one day lead to ultra light weight infrared vision technology.”

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  • VIDEO: Best expects ‘battle’ with Scots
    By on February 5, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Ireland hooker Rory Best expects a strong challenge from a confident Scotland side who will bring “passion and intensity” to their game in Dublin.

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  • Apple Will Refund $32.5M To Settle In-App Purchase Complaints With FTC
    By on January 15, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    coondoggie writes “Apple today agreed to refund at least $32.5 million to iTunes customers in order to settle FTC complaints about charges incurred by children in kids’ mobile apps without their parents’ consent. ‘As alleged in the Commission’s complaint, Apple violated this basic principle by failing to inform parents that, by entering a password, they were permitting a charge for virtual goods or currency to be used by their child in playing a children’s (more…)