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Engineers Create Tiny Wires WIth Old Technique

Gamp writes with this interesting snippet: “As microprocessors have shrunk, the wiring between them hasn’t always kept up. But engineers at the University of Illinois are changing that with a decades-old metalworking technique. It’s called electrodeposition. It’s basically the same process used in electroplating, but instead of depositing metal on a surface, as when trying to make a gold-plated piece of jewelry, the metal is deposited in a wire. ‘People Read the rest of this entry »




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  • Afridi calls time on Test career

    Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is to quit Test cricket after the second game of their series against Australia.

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  • Wine 1.2 Released

    David Gerard writes “Stuck with that one Windows app you can’t get rid of? Rejoice — Wine 1.2 is officially released! Apart from running pretty much any Windows application on Unix better than 1.0 (from 2008), major new features include 64-bit support, bi-directional text, and translation into thirty languages. And, of course, DirectX 9 is well-supported and DirectX 10 is getting better. Packages should hit the distros over the weekend, or you Read the rest of this entry »




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  • Esther Schindler writes “After several years of trying, graphics processing units (GPUs) are beginning to win over the major server vendors. Dell and IBM are the first tier-one server vendors to adopt GPUs as server processors for high-performance computing (HPC). Here’s a high level view of the hardware change and what it might mean to your data center. (Hint: faster servers.) The article also addresses what it takes to write software for GPUs: ‘Adopting Read the rest of this entry »




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  • Ferguson extends Birmingham deal

    Birmingham midfielder Barry Ferguson signs a one-year contract extension that is set to keep him at the club until 2012.

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  • Live – The Open

    Rory McIlroy co-leads with John Daly, Andrew Coltart and Sean O’Hair at the 150th anniversary Open at St Andrews.

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  • The Chicken May Have Come Before the Egg

    Muondecay writes “The age old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg, has been tentatively answered. The verdict? The chicken, or rather a key protein needed to form the shell of the egg. The protein, called ovocledidin-17, was known to be involved in binding calcite molecules that formed the shells, but the mechanism behind this was unclear until now (abstract). The protein acts as a molecular machine, binding to nanoparticles of calcite Read the rest of this entry »




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  • Caddie criticises Woods’s putting

    Tiger Woods is criticised by his caddie, Steve Williams, who labels his putting “sub-standard” ahead of The Open.

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  • More Gas Station Credit-Card Skimmers

    coondoggie notes a Network World piece on credit-card skimmers found installed in gas pumps, this time in Florida. Like the similar wave of attacks in Utah earlier this year, the latest crop uses Bluetooth to transmit the illicitly collected data. Does this mean an accomplice has to hang around within 3m of the pump? “The Secret Service has indicated there’s a crime wave throughout the Southeast involving the gas-station pump card skimmers, and it Read the rest of this entry »




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  • Boro complete capture of McManus

    Stephen McManus signs a three-year contract with Middlesbrough as the defender makes a £1.5m switch from Celtic.

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