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Musicians unlock mystery melody in chapel

May 2, 2007

A Scottish church which featured in the best-selling novel “The Da Vinci Code” has revealed another mystery hidden in secret code for almost 600 years.

“The music has been frozen in time by symbolism,” said Thomas Mitchell, a 75-year-old musician and ex-Royal Air Force code breaker, on his Web site, which details the 27-year project to crack the chapel’s code.

Toshiba plans high-res DVD format

July 27, 2004

Toshiba and its partners yesterday raised the tempo in the battle to determine the next-generation DVD format, saying they were on track to launch next year a DVD recorder capable of storing more than eight hours of high-resolution content on one disc (around 27GB for single-layer and 54GB for dual-layer discs).

Microsoft’s Japanese unit, meanwhile, said the company’s next Windows-based operating system, called Longhorn, would be compatible with HD-DVD.… read more

Light and moderate physical activity reduces the risk of early death

August 12, 2010

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Even light or moderate intensity physical activity, such as walking or cycling, can substantially reduce the risk of early death, a new study by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Cambridge University and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has found.

The study,  published this week by the International Journal of Epidemiology, combined the results from the largest studies around the world on the health… read more

Artists stage street scenes to lurk in Google maps

November 13, 2008

Exploring the boundaries of the real and virtual worlds, two artists staged multiple scenes for Google to capture for its Street View when it sent a camera equipped car down a Pittsburgh street in May to take photographs for its online mapping tool.

Prion Infectivity Pinpointed

May 10, 2007

Researchers at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research have identified short stretches of the proteins that control how prions form, replicate, and cross between species.

These small but critical regions of the proteins may be responsible for prions’ infectious nature–and scientists may be able to use them to create treatments for prion diseases.

Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty

August 6, 2004

Two kittens have been born using a new cloning method that may be safer and more efficient than traditional methods, according to Genetic Savings & Clone.

The company used a new method called chromatin transfer that tries to produce a cloned embryo that more closely resembles a normal embryo.

It involves dissolving the outside of the nucleus of the cell to be cloned and removing certain regulatory proteins… read more

Ready for 2020? Advice for every career stage

August 24, 2010

As the effects of accelerating technology ripple across the corporate world and combine with the forces of the Web, mobile computing, consumerization and virtualization, “traditional IT organizations won’t look [the way] they do now,” says Thomas Druby, an IT executive.

To address the gap between college and real-world experience, the ACM has introduced new curriculum guidelines for undergraduate IT programs that address how computing is manifested in industries… read more

NASA Successfully Tests First Deep Space Internet

November 19, 2008

NASA has successfully tested the first deep space communications network modeled on the Internet, using software called Disruption-Tolerant Networking, or DTN, developed with Google vice president Vint Cerf.

Unlike TCP/IP on Earth, the DTN uses a store-and-forward method to deal with long delays between hops.

In the next few years, the Interplanetary Internet could enable many new types of space missions. Complex missions involving multiple landed, mobile and… read more

Exercise Reverses Signs Of Ageing

May 24, 2007

McMaster University scientists have found that twice-weekly sessions of resistance exercise training using standard gym equipment can reverse the signs of aging in the skeletal muscles of the over-65s.

Teleportation goes long distance

August 20, 2004

Physicists have carried out successful quantum teleportation of qubits with polarization-encoded photons over a distance of 600 meters.

The Extraordinary Tale of Red Rain, Comets and Extraterrestrials

September 1, 2010

Optical microscope images of red cells: (A) red cells before autoclaving (400x): cells evenly dispersed in the rain water. (B) red cells after 1 hour incubation at 121oC (1000x).(C) after 2 hour incubation at 121oC (1000x).

For years, claims have circulated that red rain that fell in India in 2001 contained cells unlike any found on Earth. Now new evidence that these cells can reproduce is about to set the debate alive.

“The flourescence behaviour of the red cells is shown to be in remarkable correspondence with the extended red emission observed in the Red Rectangle planetary nebula and other galactic and extragalactic… read more

A Whisper, Perhaps, From the Universe’s Dark Side

November 25, 2008

A concatenation of puzzling results from satellites and experiments has led a growing number of astronomers and physicists to suspect that they are getting signals from a shadow universe of dark matter that makes up a quarter of creation but has eluded direct detection until now.

Google Photos Stir a Debate Over Privacy

June 1, 2007

Google’s new Street View interactive map service is raising private issues.

Is Portable Video Ready for Its Close-Up?

September 2, 2004

Microsoft has launched the Windows Mobile Portable Media Center, a software design for an audio player with a color video screen — a sort of video iPod.

CinemaNow will offer 200 movies and television programs, coded for the Windows devices, that must be downloaded into a Windows XP computer before being transferred to a Portable Media Center.

Computers equipped with television tuner cards can also record programs and… read more

Fiber optic interface to link robotic limbs, human brain

September 10, 2010


Funded by a Department of Defense initiative dedicated to audacious challenges and intense time schedules, the Neurophotonics Research Center at Southern Methodist University will develop two-way fiber optic communication between prosthetic limbs and peripheral nerves.

This connection will be key to operating realistic robotic arms, legs and hands that not only move like the real thing, but also “feel” sensations like pressure and heat.… read more

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