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Artificial Cornea To Reach Patients This Year

kkleiner writes “A German-led team of researchers has developed a new version of an ophthalmological polymer to which the eye will bond and still function normally. ‘The new polymer could help restore sight to thousands waiting for corneal transplants around the world. The artificial cornea has passed clinical trials and is ready to see expanded use in patients this year. … In order to work in the human body, an artificial cornea has to meet some (more…)

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  • Prosecuting DDoS Attacks?

    dptalia writes “We all have heard of major DDoS attacks taking down countries, companies, and organizations. But how many of them are ever prosecuted? And how many prosecutions are even successful? I’ve done some research and it appears the answer is very few (Well duh!). And those that are successfully prosecuted tend to have teenagers as the instigators. Does this mean DDoS is a fairly safe crime to conduct? Are the repercussions nonexistent? Does (more…)

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  • US Climate Satellite Capabilities In Jeopardy

    An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Wired:
    “The United States is in danger of losing its ability to monitor key climate variables from satellites, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The country’s Earth-observing satellite program has been underfunded for a decade, and the impact of the lack of funds is finally hitting home. The GAO report found that capabilities originally slated for two new Earth-monitoring (more…)

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  • Windows 7: The Missing Manual

    r3lody writes “It took me a little while after Windows 7 became available before I gave up my Windows XP desktop and purchased a new laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-loaded. Like those who endured the change to Windows Vista, I found myself floundering around a little trying to figure out all of the new bells and whistles Microsoft had added to its operating system. Windows 7: The Missing Manual by David Pogue is meant to address the needs of (more…)

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  • Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded

    linzeal writes “When the police act as though cameras were the equivalent of guns pointed at them, there is a sense in which they are correct. Cameras have become the most effective weapon that ordinary people have to protect against and to expose police abuse. And the police want it to stop. Judges, juries, and legislatures support the police overwhelmingly on this issue, with only a few cases where those accused of ‘shooting’ the cops being vindicated (more…)

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  • The Genius of the Lego Printer

    Barence writes “If you’ve ever struggled to build anything more complex than a cube of Lego, this will blow your mind. It’s a fully functioning Lego printer, complete with felt tip print head.”

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  • The Muppets’ 1967 IBM Sales Films

    harrymcc writes “Forty-three years ago, before most people had ever heard of the Muppets, IBM contracted with Jim Henson for a series of short films that it used to educate and entertain its sales staff. These little-known movies — some of which feature cutting-edge office automation equipment such as very early word-processing systems — remain fresh, funny, and surprisingly irreverent. And one of them features the first appearance of (more…)

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  • The Life of a South Korean Pro Gamer

    chajath writes with this excerpt from a South Korean newspaper about the lives of professional StarCraft players:
    “Prospective gamers take tests based on the skills they have picked up in PC rooms, and passing scores allow them entry into ‘clans,’ or guilds. Those who aspire to become pro gamers pay move-in fees and go to live at group dormitories, where they practice playing games all day long. Following a ‘courage match’ for semi-pro certification, (more…)

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  • jkinney3 was one of several readers to send in news of recently discovered internal documents from BP which indicate the company knew “there were serious problems and safety concerns with the Deepwater Horizon rig far earlier than those the company described to Congress last week.” According to the New York Times, “The documents show that in March, after several weeks of problems on the rig, BP was struggling with a loss of ‘well control.’ And as (more…)

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  • Google Describes Wi-Fi Sniffing In Pending Patent

    theodp writes “After mistakenly saying that it did not collect Wi-Fi payload data, Google had to reverse itself, saying, ‘it’s now clear that we have been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) Wi-Fi networks.’ OK, mistakes happen. But, as Seinfeld might ask, then what’s the deal with the pending Google patent that describes capturing wireless data packets by operating a device — which ‘may be placed (more…)

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