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Researchers Report Largest DNA Origami To Date

MTorrice (2611475) writes | 7 minutes ago


MTorrice (2611475) writes "Bioengineers can harness DNA’s remarkable ability to self-assemble to build two- and three-dimensional nanostructures through DNA origami. Until now, researchers using this approach have been limited to building structures that are tens of square nanometers in size. Now a team reports the largest individual DNA origami structures to date, which reach sizes of hundreds of square nanometers. What’s more, they have developed a less expensive way to synthesize the DNA strands needed, overcoming a tremendous obstacle to scaling up the technology."
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Local Motors to 3D Print More Cars, Then Boats, Planes & Satellites Are Next

Anonymous Coward writes | 13 minutes ago


An anonymous reader writes "Local Motors last week 3D printed the first ever car from an ABS/carbon fiber composite. Now, their CEO, Jay Rogers, plans to 3D print additional car models, as well as "other kinds of vehicles. Boats, planes, [and] satellites." The company plans to open 100 microfactories throughout the world, and print with a number of new polymer materials."
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Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

Anonymous Coward writes | 39 minutes ago


An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group is headed for the axe, and its responsibilities will be taken over either by the company's Cloud & Enterprise Division or its Legal & Corporate Affairs group. Microsoft’s disbanding of the group represents a punctuation mark in the industry’s decades-long conversation around trusted computing as a concept. The security center of gravity is moving away from enterprise desktops to cloud and mobile and 'things', so it makes sense for this security leadership role to shift as well. According to a company spokesman, an unspecified number of jobs from the group will be cut. Also today, Microsoft has announced the closure of its Silicon Valley lab. Its research labs in Redmond, New York, and Cambridge (in Massachusetts) will pick up some of the closed lab's operations."

iPhone 6 Expected To Fetch Over $3,000 In China's Grey Market

itwbennett (1594911) writes | about an hour ago


itwbennett (1594911) writes "Apple has yet to say when the new iPhones might arrive in China, but grey market dealers in Beijing expect unofficial shipments of the iPhone 6 from Hong Kong and Australia to start arriving in China this weekend. Saying 'Chinese people will buy anything,' Beijing electronics dealer Wang Qingyun said he expects initial prices will reach over 20,000 yuan ($3,251) and perhaps up to 25,000 yuan, depending on how many iPhone 6 units actually make it to Beijing."
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Canadian Regulator Threatens to Impose New Netflix Regulation

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "Netflix appeared before the Canadian broadcast regulator today, resulting in a remarkably heated exchange with threats of new regulation. The discussion was very hostile with the CRTC repeatedly ordering Netflix to provide subscriber and other confidential information. As temperatures increased, the Canadian regulator expressed disappointment over the responses from a company that it said "that takes hundreds of millions of dollars out of Canada" and implicitly threatened to regulate the company by taking away its ability to rely on the new media exception if it did not co-operate with its orders."
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Russia to be disconnected from the Internet?

GlowingCat (2459788) writes | 1 hour ago


GlowingCat (2459788) writes "The issue of security of the Russian segment of the Internet will be a topic for discussion at the meeting of the Russian Security Council, with the participation of President Vladimir Putin and several high-ranking officials. The meeting will take place next week. According to various reports, the officials will make a number of decisions regulating the use of the Internet in Russia, providing for the ability to cut the Russian Internet, known as Runet, from the outside world, in case of emergency."
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Department of Justice snooping amendment promises collision with private sector

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "A newly proposed amendment by the Department of Justice to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure would effectively give the FBI free reign to investigate any person or entity attempting to obscure their network packets, for example via Tor, VPNs or proxies — the very same technologies not only being used by government but which form the back-bone of the private sector's increasing drive to reassure corporate customers that they can keep their information secure."
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Why the iPhone 6 Maintained the Same Base Memory as the iPhone 5

Lucas123 (935744) writes | 2 hours ago


Lucas123 (935744) writes "When the iPhone 5 was launched two years ago, the base $199 (with wireless plan) model came with 16GB of flash memory. Fast forward to this week when the iPhone 6 was launched with the same capacity. Now consider that the cost of 16GB of NAND flash has dropped by more than 13% over the past two years. So why would Apple increase capacity on its $299 model iPhone 6 to 64GB (eliminating the 32GB model), but but keep the 16GB in the $199 model? The answer may lie in the fact that the 16GB iPhone is, and has been, by far the best selling model. IHS analyst Fang Zhang believes Apple is using that to push users to its iCloud storage service. Others believe restricting storage capacity allows Apple to afford the new features, like NFC and biometrics."
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The disaster and ensuing coverup of the Obamacare website

Anonymous Coward writes | 2 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "New reports reveal significant corruption in the Obama administration’s botched effort to create the Obamacare website.

The Government Office of Accountability released a report earlier this week detailing the security flaws in the site, but a report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released yesterday is even more damning. Titled, “Behind the Curtain of the Rollout,” the report fingers the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversaw the development of the site, and its parent Department of Health and Human Services.

“Officials at CMS and HHS refused to admit to the public that the website was not on track to launch without significant functionality problems and substantial security risks,” the report says. “There is also evidence that the Administration, to this day, is continuing its efforts to shield ongoing problems with the website from public view.”

The evidence includes emails that show Obamacare officials more interested in keeping their problems from leaking to the press than working to fix them. This is both both a coverup and incompetence."

A New Font Editor has reached 1.0

Anonymous Coward writes | 3 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Alexandre Prokoudine writes in Libregraphicsworld about tools open source tools for creating fonts.

Is FontForge all there is to type design on Linux? Not quite. Johan Mattsson released BirdFont 1.0, a new(er) free type design program for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

BirdFont is a new tool for anyone who wants to create a new typeface, digitize handwriting, add missing characters to a font or just improve website design with a new icon font."
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Three in every four nuclear power builds worldwide are running late

mdsolar (1045926) writes | 3 hours ago


mdsolar (1045926) writes "A review of the 66 nuclear reactors 'under construction' worldwide shows that 49 are running behind schedule, including all five in the US and most in China. The long and unpredictable build times of nuclear plants, and the extra costs that ensue, are a compelling reason not to depend on the technology for either power or to mitigate climate change.

As of this month, 49 of 66 reactors under construction around the world are running behind schedule, according to an updated analysis conducted by the authors of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014.

The study takes into account several delay announcements in recent weeks:

        USA: two reactors, Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station Unit 2 and Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station Unit 3;
        South Korea: two reactors — Shin-Hanul-2 and Shin-Wolsong-2;
        and Finland: Olkiluoto-3.

Little is known about the progress on four nuclear reactors in India. All the other reactor projects have been under way for less than two years, which makes it difficult to identify delays in the absence of full access to information.

The study highlights the two EPR-design reactors currently under construction: Finland's Olkiluoto-3 and France's Flamanville-3. Both are running about $7 billion over their initial budgets and now projected to cost more than $11 billion.

EDF's Flamanville reactor was due to be completed by 2012 at a cost of €3.3 billion, but is now projected for completion in 2016 at a cost of €8.5 billion.

Finland's Olkiluoto-3 reactor, the first EPR construction project, is likely to be a decade behind schedule upon delivery, with a projected completion date of 2018. Construction of the 1.6GW plant began in 2005 and was originally due for completion in 2009."

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Why Banana skins are slippery wins IgNobel

gbjbaanb (229885) writes | 3 hours ago


gbjbaanb (229885) writes "This year's Ig Nobel prize was won by Japanese researchers investigating why banana skins produced a frictionless surface compared to apple and orange peels.
(apparently "The polysaccharide follicular gels that give banana skins their slippery properties are also found in the membranes where our bones meet." so its not all fun and jollity)

Other prizes were awarded for noting that dogs only defecate when aligned with north-south magnetic fields, and that 'night owl' people are more likely to be psychopaths than early risers. Yes, that probably includes you."

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Scotland votes NO

Anonymous Coward writes | 3 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Scotland voters decided to remain part of the United Kingdom on Friday, rejecting independence in a historic referendum.

The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55.3 percent to 44.7 percent against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout.

“Like millions of other people, I am delighted,” Prime Minister David Cameron said in a speech outside 10 Downing Street on Friday morning. “It would have broken my heart to see our United Kingdom come to an end.”

Cameron promised new powers for Scotland in the wake of the vote, but also warned that millions of voices in England must also be heard, calling for a “balanced settlement” that would deliver more power to England, Wales and Northern Ireland."

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Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

wiredmikey (1824622) writes | 4 hours ago


wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Home Depot said on Thursday that a data breach affecting its stores across the United States and Canada is estimated to have exposed 56 million customer payment cards between April and September 2014. While previous reports speculated that Home Depot had been hit by a variant of the BlackPOS malware that was used against Target Corp., the malware used in the attack against Home Depot had not been seen previously in other attacks. "Criminals used unique, custom-built malware to evade detection," the company said in a statement.

The home improvement retail giant also that it has completed a “major payment security project” that provides enhanced encryption of payment card data at point of sale in its U.S. stores. The security improvements required writing tens of thousands of lines of new software code and deploying nearly 85,000 new pin pads to its stores.

According to a recent report from Trend Micro, six new pieces of point-of-sale (PoS) malware have been identified so far in 2014. Four of these six variants were discovered between June and August: Backoff, BlackPOS version 2, BrutPoS and Soraya."

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U2 and Apple collaborate on non-piratable 'interactive format for music'

Squiff (1658137) writes | 5 hours ago


Squiff (1658137) writes "U2 and Apple are apparently collaborating on a new, “interactive format for music”, due to launch in “about 18 months”. Bono spoke to Time about a new tech scheme which “can’t be pirated” and will reimagine the role of album artwork. Link to Guardian[] avoids Time[] paywall.


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